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THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 47 JANUARY, 2000 No. 1 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the World. (I John 4:14) „__ 

THE GIFT OF A NEW YEAR 

A new year before us-so pure and unmarred, 
So free from all evil, from sin yet unscarred; 
It stretches ahead, unknown, still untrod. . . 
Oh, may we begin it and end it with God! 

Not only a year, but a century, too, 
And a brand new millennium coming to view; 
Though we know not what its days will unfold, 
Let us taist and obey; God the future doth hold! 

Our eyes should be fixed upon Jesus our Savior, 
Striving to live in His love and His favor; 
Growing in grace and the knowledge of Him, 
Climbing still upward, the high prize to win. 

With honor preferring our sister and brother, 
In humble submission to love one another; 
As Christ has loved us, so also should we 
Be humble and loving, from enmity free. 

The fruits of the Spirit, His love and His joy, 
With faith and longsuffering our daily employ; 
Goodness and gentleness, temperance and peace, 
Meekness, humility, never should cease. 

Oh, may this gift of the new year He's sent, 
Be for our Savior in service w r ell spent! 
So when its time closes, on earth or in heaven, 
We know we've used wisely this gift we've been given. 
Rhoda Royer, Nappanee, Indiana 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, C A 95379 



JESUS IS COMING AGAIN 

Now a new scene of time begins; 
Set out afresh for heaven. 
—Simon Browne 

The news of the day is filled with comments about the 
change to the year 2000. What will it be like? Will any or all of 
the warnings come true? As I write, we still do not know. But 
as you read this, the date will already end with 2000, and we 
will know how it was to change to a new year, century, and 
millennium. 

I think that most of the Christian's attention should be 
centered on the return of Jesus Christ. What really matters is 
our readiness for that great day. In Mark 13:32-37 the Savior 
tells us that we will not know the exact time (Even the angels 
and the Son do not know, but only the Father, -verse 32), but 
we are to be ready. He concludes with this directive: "And 
what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." That includes us. 

What are we to "watch" for? In the first place, we are to 
watch our own conduct. In verse 33, He says, "Take ye heed, 
watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is." He tells us 
it is like a man "taking a far journey, who left his house, and 
gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and 
commanded the porter to watch. " Further warning was, "Lest 
coming suddenly he find you sleeping." It is dangerous to sleep 
when we should be working and watching. Matthew records 
(24:48-51) the Savior's warning against carelessness, quarreling, 
and drunkenness. So one of the important things to "watch" is 
ourselves. 

In Jesus' parable He said the man left work for his servants: 
"To every man his work." What has Jesus left for His servants 



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to do? One of the most important projects of God's people is 
the spread of the Gospel. This includes teaching our children, 
serving in the church, reaching out to those around us with 
compassion, and speaking the good news wherever we have 
opportunity. Let no om say there is nothing for them to do in 
God's Kingdom. All we do that is worthwhile is by His Spirit's 
power. But we are to yield our bodies and our means to be 
used for Him. Paul wrote in I Cor. 15:34, "Awake to 
righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of 
God; I speak this to your shame." We do have responsibility to 
others. We are our brother's keeper. 

The Savior also tells of signs to watch for. He says, "... 
the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 
and the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in 
heaven shall be shaken." This is from Mark 13:24,25 but 
similar words are in Matthew 24:29 and Luke 21:25,26. The 
next expression from the Savior Himself is "And then shall they 
see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and 
glory." 

The signs mentioned may be symbolic, but we know they 
are true. Exact timing, too, is difficult for us to determine for 
sure. But, as my father used to say, "When we see the 
fulfillment, we will recognize that it was just the way it was 
told." Then we will understand perfectly. Now, I must admit 
that there are mysteries in God's Word that I do not know and 
apparently do not need to know. 

In I Thess. 5:2-6 Paul writes, "For yourselves know 
perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the 
night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden 
destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with 
child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in 
darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief . . . 
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be 



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sober." Some think this refers to a different event, but Paul 
writes the same warning as the Savior: don't sleep but watch! 

We are quite familiar with preparing for events in ordinary 
life. If we expect company, we clean the house, have food on 
hand, and make sure our time is free. If we plan a trip, we have 
the car serviced, look up routes, plan for meals and lodging, and 
provide the money needed. But the coming of Jesus is an event 
we have never experienced. We will not need food, or gasoline 
in the car, or a clean house. We need not prepare for power 
outages, failed banks, or mistaken computers. But we do need 
to prepare our hearts by believing and repenting. Our Lord 
suffered, died, and rose again to open the way for sinful men to 
be ready. Through His atonement, His righteousness, His 
intercession, we can be justified (declared innocent) in God's 
sight. Jesus' life of example and the epistles of the Gospel 
writers describe the growth and sanctification possible in the 
new life in Christ. When we are born again and part of the 
family of God, we can be sure He will receive us at His coming. 
We believe the year A.D. 2000 begins the seventh 
millennium of human history—four millenniums from creation to 
Jesus' birth and two millenniums since that advent. What God's 
timing is we do not know, but we know that this is the last time 
(I John 2:18) and that we are nearer than we have ever been to 
the coming of Jesus. May we be awake, watching, and ready. 
ARE WE READY? 

Ready for Jesus to come? 

Ready to go with Him home? 

Watching to see the great signs in the sky? 

Listening to hear the trump's sound by and by? 

Then will the Savior descend, 

When all that on Him now depend 

Are caught up to meet Him in glory and power: 

Saved from destruction in that final hour. 



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Prepare now the Savior to meet; 
Prepare now your loved ones to greet; 
You'll not need to fear all the warnings of men, 
For Jesus will reign over all the earth then. 

To Him be the glory and praise 
For bringing us through the last days. 
We'll laud Him with songs for He died to save us; 
May we welcome Him soon: Even so come Lord Jesus. 

--L.C 



PATIENCE 

"But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be 
perfect and entire, wanting nothing." (James 1:4) 

The lack of patience is the cause of much of the problems 
around us. In the business world, time is money; and as I have 
personally experienced, when a part or product is not readily 
available I become impatient. People often think they have to 
have the newest and best right now, so they go into debt to buy 
the latest. The thrust of the advertising world is to tell you that 
you can have what you want and can have it now! This 
impatient behavior leads to further dissatisfaction. 

Realizing that the lack of patience creates frustration, we 
want to examine just what the virtue of patience is in the life of 
the Christian. 

Patience is a vital virtue in our family life, our work or 
business, and most effective in our spiritual life. I believe all of 
us parents will confess that we have at times not had the 
patience with our children and spouses that we should have had. 
Rearing a family is actually a training experience for our 
children, and, as any teacher knows, it takes lots of patience to 
instill knwledge and skills in a child. When we became too busy 
to exercise patience with members of our family, tensions 



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misunderstandings, and quarrellings result. Also, on the job, 
how often have we seen problems arise from being too hasty 
and not following instructions! Patience is the oil that makes 
life flow more smoothly and is a vital virtue of the Christian life. 

The Apostle James has much to say concerning patience in 
the life of the believer. I would encourage you to read the 
epistle of James, The patriarch Job and the prophet Jeremiah 
are two most noted examples of patience in the life of the 
faithful. Within the past year we have had in our midst several 
of our young brethren who have experienced adversity due to 
affliction and accident. It has been my observation that the 
patient example of faith in each of these situations have made a 
forceful witness for the Faith. "Behold, we count them happy 
which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have 
seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of 
tender mercy." (James 5:11) 

What is the perfect work of patience? I believe it is the 
forming of Christian character. 

Joseph Wagner, Modesto, California 



YEAR'S END RESOLVE 
This year was one of richest grace 
That Thou in love didst give to me; 
To paths of light Thy hand has led, 
In deepest joy my heart made free. 

As offering to Thy dear name 
Oh, take my life in every part; 
I give it Thee complete and whole, 
Fill Thou alone my mind and heart. 

Oh, may I live throughout the year 

For Thee alone, led by Thy hand; 

Protect me, Lord, from wrong and sin; 

To serve Thee purely here 1 stand. 

Eberhard Arnold. 1905 
Selected bv Michael Harris 



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MEETING AT THE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF 
THE SELECTIVE SERVICE 
Arlington, Virginia 

The brethren felt the need for this meeting because of 
changes and developments in our representation to the Selective 
Service System (SSS) at the national level. It is the desire of 
our national leaders that its subjects would communicate in this 
way. 

One of the main concerns we have is in the organization that 
represents the conscientious objector's status at the national 
level which was founded after World War I. Its title is 
"National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious 
Objectors. (NISBCO) 

Our concerns about NISBCO is that their efforts and 
motives in peace making are not necessarily from a Biblical 
standpoint, but from the power of the human mind which is 
called humanism or pacifism. Their claim is that through 
human reasoning and pacifying, men can become peaceful and 
loving by their own efforts and wisdom, regardless of man's 
moral and religious convictions. 

To implement this theology, it uses political forces to 
vindicate itself and uses this power to make demands of our 
government which is not in harmony with the historical peace 
church. The past national head of NISBCO, until a little over a 
year ago, was Shazir Anwar, the first woman and the first 
Muslim to hold this position. (This above statement was in one 
of Brother Robert Lehigh's notes. I called him about it. He 
gave me permission to use it and said he has documentation to 
its validity. — K.M.) 

Brother Robert Lehigh from the Dunkard Brethren Church 
was the coordinator in making the appointment with the 
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Brethren and the Old Brethren. Some of us from Indiana had 
planned to be in Pennsylvania that weekend, not knowing that 
this appointment had been made with the SSS the following 
Monday. As we look back over the events that took place, we 
feel God's hand in it and we are thankful. 

On Monday morning December 6, we met at Frederick, Md. 
from three different geographical points in eastern Pennsylvania: 
Brethren David Sauder and Jason Reed from Lancaster, 
Brethren Robert Lehigh and Merle Sweitzer from York, 
Brethren Amos Bricker, Howard Myers, Harold Wenger, 
Thomas Anderson, Harold Royer, Herman Royer, and Kenneth 
Martin from Franklin County. The last four were from Indiana, 
but guests in Franklin County making eleven in all. 

We left Frederick at 7:45 in two vehicles. In normal 
conditions, this would have given us an hour of grace, but it 
soon began to rain and traffic became heavy. When we were 
within four miles of our destination we called to the place we 
were to meet and explained our predicament. They said, "No 
problem, " and that they would have a man in front of the 
building to help us to a parking place. Soon after we had 
called, the ones in the vehicle behind us called and said they had 
a flat tire. We found a place to park beside the parkway, and 
we all got into Brother Robert's eleven passenger van and 
pursued our journey. We arrived about ten minutes late. The 
man in front of the building saw us, came out to the street and 
got into the van. He was friendly and accommodating, and 
directed us around the block and parked us underneath the 
building we were to meet in. We took an elevator to the fourth 
floor where the meeting was to be held. 

The four men, including the one that helped us park, gave 
us a warm reception, thanked us for coming, and put us at ease. 
They introduced themselves, then showed us a thirteen minute 
video on why the U.S. maintains a SSS. After that they 



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explained why and how the SSS functions and said that in about 
a half hour the chief executive, the Honorable Gil Coronado, 
would come in and also share its functions with us. 

They explained at length the need for the SSS, for the 
security of the U.S. and that they are not a physical part of the 
military. Their job is to be able to mobilize man power 
immediately if they would call. We believe the reason for them 
to emphasize the need for SSS is that there are forces that are 
trying to eliminate SSS. One of the reasons they feel it needs to 
continue is that "Justice and Equity" is the right of every 
American citizen, and that SSS in its present state has legislated 
laws that protect justice and equity. They admitted that in 
World War I and prior, justice and equity were not functional in 
the SSS. 

When the chief executive came in, he greeted each one and 
welcomed us. His remarks confirmed what we had already 
heard. We believe this was an act to prove to us that SSS is 
united in their efforts. 

We assured them that we hadn't come to criticize or work 
against what they were doing, that we are thankful for our 
government, and that we pray for them. They seemed to 
appreciate this and said they were glad to hear this. 

In discussing the present draft laws, they said it is required 
that all men register within thirty days of the eighteenth 
birthday. Prior to this they will receive a notice telling them 
how and where they can register: either by telephone, at the 
post office, or on the internet. At this time there is no need to 
declare our status for classification as there are 1.8 million 
young men who turn eighteen every year, and if they were 
called for service, their physical examination would eliminate 
nearly fifty percent of them. The young men who were 
physically fit would receive a notice and could then apply for 
conscientious objector status. 



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They gave us an update on the procedure in qualifying for a 
CO. status which we hope to print soon. We sensed a high 
respect for the historical peace church. They said if a young 
man is part of this and has this support, with a personal 
testimony, there would be no question of his CO. status. It 
was quite clear that it wouldn't be as simple to attain a CO. 
status as it was in prior times. We thanked them for this, and 
they seemed to appreciate it. They also asked us for a written 
statement on our non-resistant stand, which we were able to 
give them. This would be kept in their files. 

There are over ten thousand draft board members in the 
U.S., all on voluntary service. They have some formal training 
and also take refresher courses. They have the responsibility to 
determine if a draftee is eligible for a CO. status. If there 
would be a problem in the local board, there are provisions 
made from higher levels of authority. Their main concern was 
"fairness and equity." We were in conference about two hours. 
In leaving they assured us of their support, and if we had a 
problem, we should contact them. 

As we study the update of the draft code for C.O.'s, we 
believe the government is fair with us. Their requirement is a 
Biblical standard. I Peter 3:15: "But sanctify the Lord God in 
your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every 
man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with 
meekness and fear." (See also II Cor. 13:5 and II Tim. 2: 15.) 

Because our young men are required by the update in the 
draft code, that they have their convictions written and 
documented, it would be good if they would do this before their 
eighteenth birthday and have it in possession of the church. We 
believe this would also enrich their convictions and bless them 
in verbal testimony. 

We are thankful for our good government and for the 
freedom and privileges they are giving us. We also know Satan 
is not pleased with this and was able to cause many to fall in the 



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line of duty in alternate service. May the church and our young 
men fear the tragedy of this and assist one another in 
faithfulness. 

Kenneth Martin, Nappanee, Indiana 



PRAY ONE FOR ANOTHER 

I cannot tell why there should come to me 
A thought of some one miles and miles away! 
In swift insistence on the memory, 
Unless a need there be that I should pray. 

Too hurried oft are we to spare the thought, 
For days together, of some friends away; 
Perhaps God does it for us, and we ought 
To read His signal as a call to pray. 

Perhaps, just then, my friend has fiercer fight, 
And more appalling weakness and decay 
Of courage, darkness, some lost sense of right; 
And so, in case he needs my prayer, I pray. 

Friend, do the same for me. If I intrude 
Unasked upon you, on some crowded day, 
Give me a moment's prayer as interlude; 
Be very sure I need it, therefore, pray. 

And when you pray, dear friend, I ask of thee, 
That thou will seek of God not mine own way; 
Not what I want, but His blest thought for me, 
Do thou through Jesus Christ implore, I pray. 
—Marianne Farningham 
(The last verse added by James M. Gray) 
Selected by Glenn and Sharon Wells 



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OBITUARY 

Leona Skiles was born November 10, 1918, near 
Wakarusa, Indiana, to Joseph and Grace (Geyer) Flicking er. 
On December 31, 1940, in Camden, Indiana, she married 
Joseph D. Skiles, 

She lived near Wakarusa, Indiana, all her life. She was a 
homemaker and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. 

She departed life at the Elkhart General Hospital on 
December 7, 1999, after a brief illness at the age of 81 years 
and 27 days. 

She and her husband were dedicated members of the 
Holdeman Mennonite Church. 

Surviving are her husband of nearly 59 years; five 
daughters, Linda (Mrs. James) Hartzell, Wakarusa, Indiana; 
Karen (Mrs. Thomas) Dubow, Marquette, Michigan; Grace 
(Mrs. Michael) Laydon, Iron Mountain, Michigan; Joan (Mrs. 
Daniel) Fleck, Plainfield, Indiana; and Molly Jo (Mrs. John) 
Seeck, Cincinnati, Ohio; twelve grandchildren; two sisters: 
Marie Hunsberger and Lucille (Mrs. Virgil) Beck, and a brother 
Glen Flickinger. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters: 
Mabel Kunin and Ida Hostetler, and two brothers: Charles and 
Lloyd Flickinger. 

A family service was held at Rieth, Rhorer, Ehret, Lienhart 
Funeral Home in Wakarusa, Indiana, on December 1 1 followed 
by funeral services at the Holdeman Mennonite Church, with 
burial in the Olive West Cemetery. 

Ministers conducting the services were John Murray, David 
Heusinkveld, Vernard Guengerich, and Simon Gingerich. 

The Family 



Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 



Best wishes to ail our readers at the beginning of this new period 
of time and history! God has blessed us to allow completion of another 
year of publication, the forty-sixth since The Pilgrim was begun in 1954 by 
Brother Daniel F. Wolf. Thank God for His faithfulness. 

We appreciate all who have helped us: subscribers, contributors, and 
supporters. Special thanks to Bill Miller for address labels, to faithful 
writers like Kenneth Martin, Linda Frick, Martha Wagner, James and 
Betty Beery and others who helped in this way. Let us know if you have 
ideas for improving our paper. 

Subscriptions expire on the date following your name on the address 
label. We send no renewal notices because of our mailing method but may 
underline or write in red the date on an expired subscription. 

We welcome articles and poems for The Pilgrim but still must reserve 
the right to print only those selections we judge fitting. We also welcome 
gift subscriptions and names suggested for free sample copies. If you are 
receiving The Pilgrim free or as a gift, please let us know if you wish to 
continue as a subscriber. 

May God bless His people as we pass to a new millennium. 

Leslie and Martha Cover 



BIRTHS 
JOHNSON - A daughter, Gretchen Mercy, born July 8, 1999, 
and received by adoption to Kenneth and Karen Johnson of 
Tuolumne, California, on December 14, 1999. 



MARTIN - A daughter, Janna Jewel, born December 20 to Neil 
and Lois Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 



Viola Wolf 



DIRECTORY UPDATE 

Parkview Christian Estates 
3 112 Napier Dr. 
Modesto, CA 95350-1202 

(209)574-0154 



Thomas Miller 4665 S. St. Rd. 263 

Williamsport, IN 47993 

(765) 893-4206 



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TOR YOUTH 

Another old millennium 

Is drawing to a close; 

"2000" soon will let it rest 

In history's sweet repose. 

The hand of time flies swiftly on; 

We cannot change its pace. 

The past is gone, and what is done, 

Is done—it can't be changed. 

The future holds, we know not what, 

But trust that God is there. 

Today we have—perhaps that's all — 

For heaven to prepare. 

So we must wisely use our time; 

Let's make each moment count, 

For every action, word, and thought 

Goes down in God's account. 

And let us wisdom wisely learn 

From those who've wisdom learned, 

That it may not be said of us 

That precious time was spurned. 

Joy Royer, Mishawaka, Indiana 



RESOLVE FOR NEW MILLENNIUM 

. If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence." 
Moses in Exodus 33:15 



A booklet on Christian Baptism by Alexander Mack, once made 
available by Daniel F. Wolf, has again been reprinted and is now 
available without charge from Kenneth Johnson, 19747 Porto 
FinoRd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 or from The Pilgrim. 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
Showing Off 

James and Jennifer came into the house just as Mother hung 
up the phone. "Aunt Lena is coming to visit us on Thursday," 
she told the children. 

"Oh, good!" Jennifer said. "Aunt Lena can read me stories." 

"I'll show Aunt Lena how high I can send my arrows, and 
then how far I can make them go. She can watch me ride my 
bike fast, and she can see how I feed those greedy calves that 
try to knock me over, and I'll show her how fast I can run, 
and..." James was full of plans. 

"Wait a minute," Mother said. "That sounds like you are 
planning to be quite a show-off, James. It will not make Aunt 
Lena happy for you to show off. People get tired of show-offs 
very fast. Please try to enjoy Aunt Lena without impressing her 
with what you can do." 

Thursday finally came, and so did Aunt Lena. "Hello, James 
and Jennifer," she smiled when they came running to her car. 

"Aunt Lena, hurry! Come watch me shoot my arrows!' 
James forgot already what Mother had told him. Aunt Lena 
followed James to the backyard and watched him shoot two 
arrows. Then she turned to go into the house to greet mother. 
"Aunt Lena, just watch how high I can shoot this arrow," James 
begged. After that arrow, he said, "Now watch how far this 
arrow will go!" Aunt Lena watched him, but the smile on her 
face wasn't as pleasant as it was at first. 

Once again, she turned to go into the house. James stopped 
her with, "Oh, Aunt Lena, just watch how fast I can nan. I can 
run all the way to that tree really fast!" And away he went. 

That was enough for Aunt Lena. She went into the house 
while James was still running to the tree. 

When James turned around, exclaiming, "I can run really 
fast, can't I?" Aunt Lena was not there. What a disappointment 
to James. Suddenly, he remembered what Mother had said, 



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"People get tired of show-offs very fast," and he realized he'd 
been a dreadful show-off, and Aunt Lena had gotten tired of it. 
Besides, he realized he'd been selfish to keep Aunt Lena with 
him and not let her even speak to Mother. He hung his head 
and quietly put his bow and arrow away. Then he went to feed 
the calves without asking Aunt Lena to watch him. He was 
even ashamed to go into the house, and decided to forget 
showing off from now on. 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 



PILGRIM POINTERS 
Pilgrim— One who journeys, especially in alien lands; a 
wanderer; traveler; wayfarer; also, especially in religious use, an 
exile; a sojourner. —Webster's Unabridged Dictionary 
Hebrews 13:14: "For here have we no continuing city, but we 
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YQL.A1 FEBRUARY. 2000 No. 2 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world, (I John 4:14) 

PERFECT PEACE 

I look not back: God knows the fruitless efforts, 
The wasted hours, the sinning, the regrets; 
I leave them all with Him who blots the record,. 
And graciously forgives, and then forgets. 

I look not forward: God sees all the future, 
The road that, short or long, will lead me home, 
And He will face with me its every trial, 
And bear with me the burdens that may come. 

I look not around me: Then would fears assail me, 
So wild the tumult of earth's restless seas; 
So dark the world, so filled with woe and evil, 
So vain the hope of comfort and of ease. 

I look not inward: That would make me wretched, 
For I have naught on which to stay my trust; 
Nothing I see save failure and shortcomings 
And weak endeavors, crumbling into dust. 

But I look up: Up into the face of Jesus, 
> For there my heart can rest, my fears are stilled, 
And there is joy, and love, and light for darkness, 
And perfect peace, and every hope fulfilled. 
—Author unknown 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 



TOOLS IN GOD'S HANDS 

I was going to write on the theme "Lives of true men all 
remind us We can make our lives sublime," since this is the 
month of President's Day. This line of the hymn by Henry 
Wadsworth Longfellow is true if we believe in our Savior Jesus 
Christ and yield our lives to the power of God's Holy Spirit. 
However, there is an emphasis that I think is needed more in 
our time, and it is expressed in another hymn: "To God be the 
glory; Great things He hath done." John writes (Rev, 1:5b): 
"Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own 
blood." 

We are human, and one feature of humanity is the desire to 
be recognized, appreciated, yes, and praised. Even as we 
recognize our weakness in this area, we know that we are 
undeserving of praise and recognition. As we grow older, we 
observe more and more the truth that every good gift is from 
God. I Cor. 4:7 says, "For who maketh thee to differ from 
another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if 
thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not 
received it?" 

The comparison of people in the hands of God, to tools in 
the hands of a skilled craftsman fits well. I recall having 
transmission trouble with the van we used for a school bus as 
well as our family car. We had had it worked on several times 
and still had problems. I took it finally to a dear brother, a 
skilled auto mechanic. He worked on the transmission, and I 
had no more problems with it. Now I didn't look into his tool 
box and say, "Socket set, you did a terrific job!" or "Wrench 
and screw driver, you really know how to adjust a 
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used the tools with the skill and knowledge he possessed. 

Just so, we can not claim credit for any success there might 
be. God uses men as tools to accomplish His purposes in the 
world. It is true that not all tools are alike. Some are of better 
quality. Each tool is made for a specific job. But of all tools it 
can be said, "They are useless unless someone who knows how 
to use them picks them up." May we be useful when the Master 
reaches to pick us up. 

Tools have no choice. Here the comparison stops because 
God has given us the freedom to choose or refuse to obey Him. 
It is an old debate about just how much choice we have. God is 
sovereign, and we do not decide or tell Him how to operate. 
Paul expressed it when he wrote, "Shall the thing formed say to 
him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?" We are clay 
in His hands, and we resist His working at our own peril. But 
when He says "Whosoever," it means that His offer of grace 
and mercy is open to all. He gives us choice but not the option 
to dictate the terms. We cannot choose to refuse to choose or 
we have already rebelled against Him. May we, as products of 
our Creator, willingly yield our wills to His supreme goodness. 
As the hymn says: 

O cover with Thy mercy My poor, weak heart! 

Let every thought rebellious From Me depart. 

Permit Thy child to linger Here at Thy feet, 

And blindly trust Thy goodness With faith complete. 
May all glory and praise and worship be to our gracious 
Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ our Lord. — L.C. 



For those nights when the sky is clouded, a bright lantern is 
put into the wanderer's hand: the Word of God which lights the 
dark way ahead until the day begins and the morning star rises. 
Eberhard Arnold in Inner Land: Light and Fire 

Selected by Michael Harris 



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NEW SERIES: BIBLICAL DOCTRINES 

Biblical Nonresistance 

God knew that for man to have a meaningful relationship 
with Him, he needed to have a choice, which He gave him. 
Man's choice to not accept His will has been the cause of earth's 
misery and suffering for nearly six thousand years. But through 
all this, God has had a people that have been delivered in all 
generations. 

In the first conflict man had after the fall, God came on the 
scene and asked Cain, "Why art thou wroth? and why is thy 
countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be 
accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door." 

God has proven this statement over and over again. 
Through an earthly nation He chose to vindicate His power, 
authority, and holiness, and His displeasure of sinful men. Over 
and over again sin met them at their door. Because of 
disobedience, suffering and death were the consequence. We 
don't understand why all this had to be, but it was God's plan 
and timetable to bring man to the saving knowledge that would 
overcome evil. 

God used men to destroy one another at His command. 
This was God's long range plan to redeem men from their sinful 
nature and to preserve the human race until the fullness of time 
had come to inaugurate a better way to overcome evil. 

When the fullness of time had come, God sent His only 
begotten Son into the world and brought to the human heart a 
knowledge that will deliver it from the bondage of sin and evil 
and has empowered its subjects to love all men unconditionally. 
But for the man that will not respond to this knowledge— he is 
still held under the bondage of the physical law and its authority 
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Jesus proved Himself an all-powerful being in control of the 
natural forces of the earth: sickness, death, evil spirits, etc. All 
this was impressive to the multitudes, but there was a segment 
of people who did not appreciated Him and took upon 
themselves to destroy Him by crucifying Him, not knowing that 
through this, He would now display the greatest power ever 
seen by man. This bravery would destroy Satan's power over 
any man that would put his faith and trust in Him and obey His 
teaching. 

The doctrine of nonresistance was the theme of Christ's 
ministry. It disarms our greatest foe which is self It is the only 
way the peace that Jesus promised can be experienced. It is the 
only doctrine that will overcome evil. (Rom. 12:21) It is what 
adorns the fruit of the Spirit with God's blessing. 

I remember in growing to manhood that the doctrine of 
nonresistance was a real security to me. I observed the apostate 
church that did not hold to biblical nonresistance and all the 
evils it was confronted with: unfaithfulness in relationships, sins 
of sodomy, trying to make a better world through political 
forces, etc. I was thankful to have been taught biblical 
nonresistance. 

The doctrine of nonresistance is, no doubt, the pillar that 
supports all the doctrines of God's kingdom. It is the final 
proof of where we stand in God's sight. 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 

LOVE 

We hear and read the term love many times: "Oh, I just 
love that color;" "I love babies;" "Honey, I love you;" "We 
must show more love to our fellow man." These are just a few 
ways we may hear the term love used. I believe love is one of 
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the dictionary gives many meanings to the word love, but I 
believe that to qualify as true love there has to be a certain 
element of commitment to the expression. The most popular 
use of love seems to be to express a spontaneous emotion 
toward a person or thing. 

I would like to have you think of love as we are commanded 
to do in the Bible: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all 
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." (Matt. 
22:37) and "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." (Matt. 
22:39) The apostle Paul instructs men to "love your wives, 
even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it." 
(Eph. 5:25) 

I like to think of charity as love in action. For a description 
of what true love is, study I Corinthians 13. Perhaps the most 
profound virtue of love is that it "seeketh not her own." One of 
the most natural features of any living organism is that it favors 
the elements that are conducive toward its well-being. In nature 
this often comes at the expense of other organisms. Our human 
natures are no exception to this tendency. Consequently, to be 
able to understand and practice the love Jesus and the apostles 
taught, there has to be a change in the human mind that 
supersedes the natural or carnal nature. 

Only when a mature mind can comprehend the concept of a 
fallen nature can the need be felt to seek an escape from this 
selfish nature which binds humanity in the quagmire of sin. 
While an unconverted person can extend benevolence and 
concern, it is not an impulsive act as it should be for a person 
who is led by the Holy Spirit. Thus to exercise Christian love, 
one has to be filled with or controlled by the Holy Spirit. The 
born again Christians are the only people who possess this 
virtue. Unfortunately, by reason of human weaknesses, we 
often fail to maintain this ideal standard. Jesus Christ is the 
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us to compromise our love for God and our fellow brother or 
sister. 

Let us examine ourselves to see if our primaiy emotional 
response is to please God and benefit our neighbor, or does our 
own pleasure and comfort take priority? It was God's sacrificial 
love for us that sent Jesus to suffer and die that we might 
experience and practice this true love which will endure 
throughout eternity. 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 



CHRISTIANS IN THE WORKPLACE 

The workplace is probably the most challenging place for us 
as Christians to truly present the love of God and our dedication 
to the principles Christ taught. Of all the areas where we come 
in contact with unbelievers, it is the area we fail the most in our 
representation of Christ-where we let down our guard and 
become less forgiving of the mistakes of others. It is not as 
difficult to be kind to someone at church as it is when we deal 
with the same people in the work setting. When our focus is on 
trying to lift them up, we do not have time to point out their 
failures and the little things they do that irritate us. Sometimes, 
we would do well to remember the reason we are on this earth 
and consider the fact that we are fellow travelers to a heavenly 
land. If we are continually finding fault with our brethren in the 
presence of unbelievers, how are we going to witness to them 
of the love of God? I believe one of the worst things we can do 
to negatively affect our witness for Christ is to run down others 
who are honestly trying to follow God's commands. Another is 
to proclaim a commitment to Christ while we are at church and 
then to go to work and not live out the principles PJe taught. 
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and then we sing, "Makes me love everybody, makes me love 
everybody, It's good enough for me." 

There are many things we can do to better represent the 
Christian faith in the workplace. We should stand out in our 
desire to give the best we have in our service to others, whether 
it is to an employer or to a customer. We should be noticed for 
our exemplary work ethic and ability to do all things with a 
good attitude, whether it is something we like to do or not. 
That doesn't mean we need to learn to like everything we have 
to do, but we should be willing to do them when it is necessary, 
without complaining, either to benefit others or simply because 
it is beneficial to our business. 

When we work for another person, is it our goal to make 
their business a success, or is it simply a salary that we are 
trying to achieve? And when people work for us, are we as 
employers, looking for ways to make our employees' jobs more 
enjoyable and reward their efforts in the way they are paid? As 
an employer with employees, it is our God-given responsibility 
to treat them right and provide fair wages for them, to treat 
them as if we were in their position. Is it our goal as an 
employer to get wealthy from the success of our business, partly 
due to the good work of our employees? Or do we thank God 
for our abilities and the blessing of good workers and pass on 
some of the success to our employees? I think it is a shame for 
an employer who is successful to hoard up the wealth obtained 
at his business while paying only the minimum wage to those 
who work for him. By the same token, it is a shame for the 
employees to give less than their best to the employer who is 
sharing the benefits of the success of his business with them. It 
is a blessing when God gives us the ability to own a business; it 
is an even greater blessing when God gives us employees that 
have a good work ethic, and we should show our appreciation 
for this in the way we treat everyone involved. If the employees 
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employer is looking for ways to improve the employees' 
working conditions and rewarding them for making his business 
a success, then you will have not only a happy environment and 
successful business, but most important, I believe you will have 
the blessing of God. 

When working together in the workplace, we must allow 
for the different personalities of each other. Some are ready to 
go as soon as the day begins while others take a little longer to 
get to their full production but are able to remain energetic later 
in the day. The beauty of the Creator's design and makeup of 
the human race is their differences. If we allow for this, we can 
benefit each other immensely. We were not all designed to be 
creative. Nor were all given ability to plan a project and have a 
vision of the finished product. Some are content to go to work 
each day and do their best for another man's dream. Some were 
born with (or acquired) a desire to fulfill a certain dream or to 
build a successful business. There is no shame in being unable 
to envision a dream, and there is no shame in being content to 
work for another person. In every position, we have the 
opportunity to be our best and to witness by our actions that we 
love God and His foremost creation, the human race. 

One of the most difficult areas to keep relationships as they 
should be is when two or more are involved in a partnership or 
a business with several members of one family involved. With 
different age groups, it can be even more difficult due to the 
different stages of life. When one has older children who do not 
take a lot of time and another has younger children who need 
more time and attention, there has to be an understanding that, 
try as they may, they are not going to be as active in the 
workplace. The one who is busy with children or other 
priorities needs to be up front with the others and clearly state 
their inability to spend more time. Otherwise the others 
involved may not understand or take time to consider the 
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before our responsibility to rear our children properly lest we 
too late find we have failed in instilling good things in their 
hearts. Be honest with others about your priorities and the need 
you have at home to be with children. If they do not respect 
your decision, you must not carry a load of guilt around but 
leave their response in the care of the Lord. It is easy for 
someone who is particular about the details and making sure 
they are done promptly to feel they are being taken advantage 
of when the other one is not even aware of the need. If you 
want to destroy a relationship that is good into one of 
bitterness, you simply keep building up resentment each time 
you do something that you think should be the other's 
responsibility, and it will happen surprisingly fast. It is also very 
important that everybody try to stay connected to the day to 
day responsibilities necessary to keep the business running 
properly. If people just allow themselves time to do the most 
pressing things, somebody else ends up with all the extras and 
feels responsible for every little detail necessary for 
improvement. I believe if you are in a partnership with 
someone, you make sure you spend the time needed in the 
business before allowing yourself time for leisure interests. 
Remember a partnership or family venture is not for everyone 
and is never worth ruining relationships, especially among 
Christians. Communication and an acceptance of the different 
makeup each individual possesses will go a long way in 
relieving tensions and keeping a good relationship between 
everybody involved. Always have love for the others and say 
kind things so we are not hypocritical when we sing, "When we 
all get to heaven, What a day of rejoicing that will be!" 

There is one more point I would like to make that I feel is 
important. There is a job out there available for any personality 
and interest. Though we need to be content with what the Lord 
has provided and learn to do things we don't always enjoy, there 
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greater percentage of our time than anything else, and it is 
therefore important that we can be doing something that builds 
up and not something that is continually drudgery to us. There 
is no shame in the fact that we do not enjoy and cannot be 
successful in something that someone else has been successful 
in. I believe it is better to do something that has less financial 
reward and be happy in what you are doing. You will find 
yourself happier, more likely to be a good witness for Christ, 
and more desirable to be around. Find something you enjoy, 
always do your best, and leave the upper management to the 
Lord. He will provide a good wage. 

Sincerely, John L. Beery 

Williamsport, Indiana 



PRECIOUS GOSPEL HYMN 

Alas! and did my Savior bleed, 

And did my Sovereign die? 

Would He devote that sacred head 

For such a worm as I? 
I have been thinking of this song for some time and was 
impressed with the first word, alas. This word is one we don't 
use a lot and, after looking up the definition, this beautiful song 
that I have sung all my life took on a beauty that I had failed to 
see before. Alas denotes remorse, sorrow, anguish, and the 
realization that this Savior, this Jesus, did bleed and die for you 
and me. Yes, He did devote His sacred head for miserable, 
sinful me. It was for crimes that I have done that He endured 
and groaned upon the cross. Amazing pity, grace unknown, 
and love beyond degree! 

Well might the sun in darkness hide 

And shut His glories in, 

When Christ, the mighty Savior, died 

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Thus might I hide my blushing face, 
While His dear cross appears; 
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness, 
And melt my eyes to tears. 

But drops of grief can ne'er repay 
The debt of love I owe: 
Here, Lord, I give myself away; 
Tis all that I can do. 
This last verse certainly illustrates our helplessness, our 
sorrow, the hopelessness of fallen man. All of our tears and 
sorrow by itself cannot repay the love of God. But thanks be to 
God, we can find favor and be in His will by giving ourselves, 
our all to the one that paid such a high price for my redemption. 
In my parents' home as I was growing up, we would sing 
the first verse and than always follow by singing the chorus: 
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, 
And the burden of my heart rolled away, 
It was there by faith I received my sight, 
And now I am happy all the day. 
This can be real to each and every one of us. We have to 
come to the cross; we have to see the light, and then we by faith 
can receive our spiritual sight. 

Any of us that have read or heard the wonderful story, 
Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan surely were impressed by 
the description of Christian as he gazes up at the cross, his 
bundle of sin that was so heavy falling off his back and rolling 
down the hill to be forever buried in the tomb where Jesus was 
buried. This is where each one of us must come. Jesus paid the 
price for sin. We can be washed in the blood of the Lamb and 
be forgiven of our sins. 

Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (1:7) says, "In whom we 
have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, 
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discouragement, to think of poor mortal man in a world of sin 
and unrighteousness without God. But thanks be to God, 
which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
(I Cor. 15:57) Amen. 

David Cover 
Tuolumne, California 



OCCUPIED 

Martha in the kitchen, serving with her hands; 
Occupied for Jesus, with her pots and pans. 
Loving Him, yet fevered, burdened to the brim- 
Careful, troubled Martha, occupied for Him. 

Mary on the footstool, eyes upon her Lord; 
Occupied with Jesus, drinking in His word. 
This the one thing needful, all else strangely dim; 
Loving, resting Mary, occupied with Him. 

So may we, like Mary, choose the better part; 
Resting in His presence-hands and feet and heart; 
Drinking in His wisdom, strengthened with His grace; 
Waiting for the summons, eyes upon His face. 

When it comes, we're ready, spirit, will, and nerve; 
Mary's heart to worship, Martha's hands to serve; 
This the rightful order, as our lamps we trim; 
Occupied with Jesus, then occupied for Him! 

Lois Reynolds Carpenter 

Selected by Betty Beery 



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NOTE OF THANKS 
We as a family together want to thank all who have prayed, 
shared in letters and in finances, during our time of pain and 
recovery concerning my accident of August 19. It is so good to 
be a part of God's family and to experience the love and 
encouragement during times of need. May God bless you all 
for this, and thank you again. 

The Arnold Bowser Family 



ADDRESS CHANGES 



Steve Stalter 
68521 C.R. 13 
Nappanee, IN 46550 
(219)831-4453 



Dana Stalter 
24160 C.R. 44 
Nappanee, IN 46550 
(219)831-5636 

Dale Savage 

2855 St. Rt. 503 

Arcanum, OH 45304-9208 

(937)692-6160 

FOR YOUTH 

Helpers 

"Mama, what can I do to help you?" These are dear words 
to hear from our little four year old girl. Though she is still 
small and not capable of doing even the small jobs thoroughly, 
it's a beautiful attitude and warms a mother's heart. Of course, 
there's much to do. But what can she do to really help? She 
doesn't sweep the floor or wash dishes up to standard. The 
willingness and potential are there, and that is half the job 
anyway. 

"Dear Lord, how can I truly serve?" Do we really want to 
know how to help in the Lord's Kingdom? Surely God is 
pleased to hear a sincere desire and see a willing heart. We are 
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jobs. Oh yes, there is much work to do. We would dream big 
plans, but God knows just how much we can do, what our 
abilities are, and how we can truly help. Does the job look too 
easy? or too hard? God gives to each one a special job, and He 
doesn't give more than we can bear. 

Samuel and Rosanna Royer 
Nappanee, Indiana 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Caleb's Prayer 

Dear God, thank You for our food, and our cups, and our 
knives, and our spoons, and our plates, and our forks, and. . ." 
Two-year-old Caleb was praying before we ate lunch one day. 
"Bless my mommy and help her to be good, and bless Linda's 
daddy that died and went to be with Jesus, and bless. . ." He 
went on and on. 

Finally, his prayer ended and we began to eat. "Caleb," I 
said. "You know my daddy died and went to be with Jesus. 
We don't need to pray for him anymore because he is all safe 
now. But we can thank God that my daddy went to be with 
Jesus, okay?" 

Caleb really did pray for my daddy as I wrote above, but I 
just now made up my answer to him. Had you ever thought 
about it that once someone dies, we no longer need to pray for 
them? Nothing can be changed in their lives once they are 
dead. Ecclesiastes 11:3b says, ". . . if the tree fall toward the 
south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, 
there it shall be." 

Sometimes we have prayed for someone so long that it 
becomes habit. Then when they die, it is rather hard to quit 
praying for them. But if they have lived for the Lord, we can 



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thank God for taking them from this world of trouble and 
suffering, and that they are safe from all temptation now. 

We need to remember, too, that when we die, there cannot 
be any changes in our lives after that. So we need to live our 
lives for God all the time and then we can be with Jesus when 
we die, too. 

Linda Frick 

Gettysburg, Ohio 



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May we who are pilgrims, conscious of life's varying scenes, 
learn by faith, our Father, to cling to Thee. 

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"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 

GAZE ON THE LORD 

Rain falls on the just 
And on the wicked too; 
Good and bad come to all; 
Twill surely come to you. 

What happens when your way 
Is filled with peace and rest? 
When all goes well 
And all of life is blessed? 

Do you then look down 
And say "Soul, take thine ease"? 
Or do you look into His face 
With joyful thanks and praise? 

What happens when your way 
With rock and thorn is spread? 
Or clouds o'ertake your path 
And fill each morn with dread? 

Do you then look down 
Into the mud and gloom? 
Or do you look into the face 
Of Him who died for you? 

Through all of life, 

Even in fire or sword, 

May we glance at our problems. 

But gaze upon the Lord! 

Lloyd Wagner, Modesto, California 



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SUCH A TIME AS THIS 

Esther, the beautiful Jewish queen of Persia, faced a 
decision that could mean death or deliverance for herself and 
her people. Mordecai, Esther's cousin and foster father, put it 
straight to Esther: "For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at 
this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to 
the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house 
shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to 
the kingdom for such a time as this. " Not many young women 
have such a choice to make. 

We may think we are far removed from a decision or crisis 
like this. We have no one threatening our lives. Our 
government is friendly and even protective of God's people. 
Though different from Esther's, our time— such a time as this — 
has life and death issues also. We too have responsibility on 
our shoulders if we are Christians, Why so? And what kind of 
time is ours? 

In a recent class on spiritual care for hospital patients, we 
learned that we must be careful how we relate to those with 
physical problems, for spiritual concerns are usually there too. 
We simply will not help if we are overbearing, pushing to 
"convert" them, or pointing out their faults— especially if they 
are not asking for spiritual counsel. But it is also true that if a 
patient (or anyone else) is looking for answers or spiritual help, 
we do wrong to ignore such a desire. 

The truth is that we are in spiritual struggles whether we 
want to be or not. When we choose to follow Jesus, we 
become His ambassadors, His representatives, His workers. 
Souls, not just bodies, are at stake. 

Esther acted with courage and also with wisdom. It may 
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directing but, like us, Esther did not know the outcome. She 
meekly admitted, "I will go in unto the king which is not 
according to law: and if I perish, I perish." 

What is our time— such a time? Paul described the last days 
in II Timothy 3 and called them perilous times. In his 
description of men of these last times, some were examples of 
physical violence: false accusers, fierce, traitors. But most 
were spiritually violent men: covetous, boasters, proud, 
blasphemers, unthankful, unholy, and much more. Would front 
page news today bear this out? The poet Longfellow wrote, 
"And things are not what they seem." On the surface there is 
peace and prosperity. Food, jobs, communication, 

transportation, at least in our country, have never been finer. 
But man's nature remains the same until we come to Christ for 
the new nature. There are still some wicked Hamans and some 
proud "kings" to deal with wisely but decisively. We still have 
need of the Christian armor. We are still called to overcome 
evil with good and to demonstrate love. 

I heard the story of a man in the Vietnam War who, with 
several others, had completely wiped out a battalion of women 
who kept coming even under fatal fire. The memory of this was 
painful beyond measure. A minister told him he had done this 
in his country's defense, and it was not sin—that he should get 
on with his life. He was so upset at this counsel that he turned 
against the church and all involved in it. It was not till years 
later, when he was in the hospital and encountered a woman 
who cared, that healing began. She told him she had no way to 
minimize his grief or imagine its extent but that she was willing 
to listen. She recommended the Savior and prayed for him. He 
told her later that every time he saw her, his regard for the 
church was being restored. Many are hurting today. There is 
still a need for good listeners who have no personal trophies to 
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Mordecai told Esther that there would be deliverance from 
some place, even if she failed to act, but that her life and her 
father's house would be destroyed. What a responsibility! 
Today, God's people will come through; there is deliverance. 
Perhaps there will be suffering or even martyrdom, but there 
will be victory— eternal life. But what about when we have 
opportunity to help, and fail? Paul said, "Woe is unto me, if I 
preach not the gospel!" 

There is need for men and women of prayer in "such a time 
as this." There is need to share the gospel. There is need for 
encouraging, building, as the Word says— edifying. True love 
for the brethren as well as love for the lost has never been more 
in demand. Bearing witness to the truth is vital in such a time 
as this when TV, the internet, videos and more are flooding the 
listeners with make believe, violence, and lust. 

We are not called to produce results or numbers; we are 
called to be faithful. Paul said he had planted, Apollos watered, 
but God gave the increase. As brother Dan Mohler used to say, 
"It is surprising how much can be accomplished if we don't care 
who gets the credit." 

Faithfulness in our families, faithfulness in the church, 
faithfulness in the workplace— these are vital in such a time. Are 
we willing to be involved and let God use us in the issues of our 
time? May God strengthen our weak knees and faint hearts and 
make us courageous, wise helpers in His Kingdom. — L.C. 



BIBLICAL DOCTRINES 

Doctrinal Power 
For man to know God and be in His will requires a 
knowledge of the mind that can relate to His sovereignty with 
the blessings that sanctify the heart and purify the soul unto 
unfeigned love of the brethren. When we have attained this 
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to doctrinal truths that Christ taught which are the means of 
grace that can teach all men the way of truth. 

The mind is a created mystery. As it enters the world, its 
only ability is to take nourishment and express discomfort. As 
the body develops and matures, the mind begins to function in 
its created Adamic nature. The expression of this is in the acts 
of the body in behavior and temperament. This needs to be 
controlled and disciplined by its parents. A child left to himself 
would never attain God's will in childhood. (Pro. 29:15) 

As God has provided means of grace for our children, so 
has He provided means of grace for adulthood—in giving man 
the gift of the Holy Spirit and the doctrines that nurture us into 
His love and likeness— into community and its ordained 
functions in purity, loving one another as He has loved us. 

Jesus, in establishing a kingdom that is eternal, is secure in 
the power of doctrinal truth. The mind that has conceived and 
is controlled by this power is proving to a lost and dying world 
the claim Jesus made of its power. Not in intellectual 
excellence, but in the power of humble servanthood, in the 
adornment of peace and holiness, in bearing the image of Christ 
in the body, declaring that Christ has come in the flesh, 
"Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that 
confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And 
every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the 
flesh is not of God; and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof 
ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in 
the world." (I John 4:2,3) 

Satan's efforts to hinder and destroy Christ's claim through 
deceit and seduction was addressed by Christ and also the 
apostles. (Matt. 24:24 and I John 2:26) His strategy is to gain 
control of the mind and appease it in sin and transgression. The 
evidence of this is in the fruit it bears, and man becomes 
ensnared and trapped in bondage of its master in fake peace and 
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sin and misery— venting itself in unfaithfulness and disobedience 
in doctrinal truths. 

The life and teaching of Christ in its entirety is eternal life 
revealed. His physical life and walk and the doctrines He taught 
are to be acknowledged and conceived in the mind and acted 
upon both physically and intellectually. To declare He has 
come in the flesh is proven by the involvement of our flesh. The 
doctrine of non-resistance, separation of church and state, and 
non-conformity are doctrines that involve the flesh and its 
natural desires. 

This devotion to the physical Christ enrages Satan. He 
doesn't care what we claim with our lips. He no doubt delights 
in it if our physical devotion isn't involved in our claim because 
this is what proves who our master is, and Satan is keenly 
aware of this. 

The church, representing the physical body of Christ 
through community in the ordinances, in the spirit of His love, 
in the integrity of His righteousness, in purity and faithfulness in 
the covenants we make, is revealing to the world that Christ has 
come in the flesh. 

"For many deceivers are entered into the world, who 
confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a 
deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves that we lose not 
those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full 
reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the 
doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the 
doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son." (II 
John 7-9) 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much 
dignity in tilling the field as in writing a poem. 

Booker T. Washington 



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SIMPLICITY 

The Apostle Paul in admonishing the Corinthian Church 
writes: "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled 
Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted 
from the simplicity that is in Christ." (II Cor. 11:3) Since the 
time Satan beguiled Mother Eve, there has been a continuous 
attack upon the simple word of God. Our present day is no 
exception. To maintain our focus we must look to the words of 
our Lord which are reinforced by the entire Scriptures. I 
maintain that the plain churches must and can uphold their 
witness by adhering to their position of taking the Word of God 
as their guide for faith and practice. I often find it beneficial 
and can gain insight and inspiration by reading what our early 
church writers wrote regarding God's Word and the plan of 
salvation. The simplicity of the Gospel's message is easy to 
understand. There seems to be a temptation to conceive a 
theory or thought and then search the Scriptures to establish 
our thinking. Our thinking and teaching should rather be from 
the careful study of Scriptural context. 

"That man is a fallen and a depraved creature, cannot be 
disputed by any who have a knowledge of his primeval and 
present state." These are the words of Elder Peter Nead written 
in 1834. This fallen nature passed upon all people by reason of 
Adam's sin, (Romans 5:12) The wages or consequences of sin 
is death. Only God can forgive sin. God, by reason of His 
infinite love, sent Jesus, who was God in the flesh, to pay this 
penalty for sin by His death on the cross. We no longer are 
under the curse of death by reason of Adam's sin, for Adam's sin 
was atoned for by our Savior whose suffering and death was the 
eternal atonement for the Adamic sin. By reason of the 
atonement, the grace of God was extended to all who accept 
the terms of the redemption plan through faith, repentance, and 
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When the repentant sinner comes to the Lord, he will 
experience the Spiritual birth, redemption from sin, and will be 
influenced and directed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. 
This neM? life can be fully fulfilled only within the context of a 
church fellowship—a fellowship which is governed by the Lord 
through Godly men with the duty to direct, admonish, and 
instruct the congregation. Yes, I know there are devout people 
who claim no specific church membership, but just as homeless 
children lack the blessings of a home, these people cannot fully 
experience the blessings of God's family. 

I encourage you to study Paul's letters to Timothy and read 
the eleventh chapter of First Corinthians to be instructed in the 
simplicity of God's order for His people. 

Joseph Wagner 
Modesto, California 



COMPLETE IN HIM 
"And ye are complete in him." People outside of Jesus 
Christ lack completeness, wholeness. So they look in vain in 
money, power, fame, wives, houses, lands, only to be 
disappointed time and again. Unless their bands are loosed, and 
their eyes opened, they will go to the end of their life searching, 
longing, groping, but in vain. Find your life in Jesus Christ, and 
you will find fulfillment, purpose, meaning-all that you ever 
wanted or longed for. No wonder people are empty outside of 
Him. For He is our life, way, truth, the good Shepherd, the 
door of the sheep, the bread from heaven, the first and the last, 
the light of day, the daystar from on high. He is our peace, our 
hope, our joy and our crown; He is our wedding garment, our 
righteousness, our sanctification, and redemption; He is our 
shield and our exceeding great reward. No wonder people are 
empty outside of Him. He is also a gift that cannot be earned, 
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it is a gift from God. While it is a gift we cannot buy, we must 
repent and be willing to lose everything in this world to find it. 
For "ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me 
with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13) But do not fret over 
what you may lose in this world; just think of what you will 
gain: "An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that 
fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you." (I Peter 1 :4) You 
gain peace, joy, and acceptance in our Father's house, where the 
Lamb is the light, and there is no more curse, through the never 
ceasing ages of eternity where we will dwell in the presence of 
pure and perfect love. 

Kevin Garber 

Twain Harte, California 



OLD BRETHREN CHURCH 
STATEMENT ON NON-RESISTANCE 

The Old Brethren Church is one of the Brethren historic 
peace churches which began as a distinct denomination in 
Germany in 1708. Throughout our history, in peacetime and 
times of national conflict, we have taken the stand of non- 
resistance. Our members could not (for conscience sake) be a 
part of the military force, even as non-combatants. We believe 
this is in keeping with our creed which is the New Testament. 
Jesus taught us: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse 
you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which 
despitefully use you, and persecute you." (Matthew 5:44) 

We are also instructed to pray for our rulers and submit to 
the laws as long as they do not conflict with God's laws, (I 
Peter 2:13-15; Romans 13:1-7; I Timothy 2:1-3) We believe 
that the church and the state are separate kingdoms, both 
ordained by God, but governed by different principles and 
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writes in Romans 14:4 that ". . .he beareth not the sword in 
vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath 
upon him that doeth evil." But for the church, Jesus says (St. 
John 18:36) "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom 
were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should 
not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from 
hence." 

In view of these and other Scriptures, we humbly ask that if 
the draft is again put into effect, our young man (and young 
women) be not forced to serve in military operations, but be 
given alternate service compatible with our convictions. We 
ask that this might apply not only to our members (who are 
baptized on their own decision as adults) but also to young men 
in our congregations who are not yet members, but have 
convictions of non-resistance, being taught at home and church 
the principles of peace and are living lives that honor this. 
Signed by elders of the Old Brethren Church 
Recommended for publication by Kenneth Martin 

for the instruction and conviction of our youth. 



HYMN HISTORY 

Oh for a Thousand Tongues to Sing 
"I wonder at your patience. You have told that same thing 
to that child twenty times, " said Samuel Wesley. 

"Had I satisfied myself by saying the matter only nineteen 
times." Susanna Wesley replied, M I would have lost all my labor. 
You see, it was the twentieth time that crowned the whole." 

The Anglican minister of Epworth, England, marveled at his 
wife's seemingly inexhaustible patience with her nineteen 
children; he also marveled at her methodical upbringing of the 
nine she reared to maturity. Her sons John and Charles grew 
up to become preachers of the Gospel and hymn writers. In his 
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he ever got out of his study, but in fact, most of his life he was a 
traveling preacher— traveling on horseback. When a horse 
threw him, he wrote in his journal: "My companion thought I 
had broken my neck, but my leg only was bruised, my hand 
sprained, and my head stunned, which spoiled my making 
hymns till the next day. " 

When Charles was twenty-eight years old, he made a 
journey to Savannah, Georgia, as private secretary to General 
James Oglethorpe. His brother John accompanied them as he 
planned to serve as chaplain to the colonists. Also on board the 
ship were twenty-six German immigrants of the Moravian faith. 
They were going to the Savannah colony to worship God and 
to sing their hymns without fear of persecution. 

That was early January, 1736. A storm overtook the 
windjammer while the Moravians were on deck singing hymns. 
The mainsail split. The mast broke in two. The seas pounded 
over the deck. Passengers ran, screaming, below. The 
Moravian Brethren didn't miss a note. Spellbound at the 
calmness of the Germans, John and Charles Wesley clung to the 
railing. After the storm, John Wesley asked one of the 
Brethren, "Were you not afraid?" The Moravian replied, 
"Thank God, no." 

On the eleventh anniversary of his conversion, Charles 
Wesley recalled a remark make by Peter Bohler, a Moravian 
leader. "Had I a thousand tongues," Bohler had said, "I would 
praise God with them all." Remembering Bohler's statement, 
Wesley wrote: Oh for a thousand tongues to sing 
My great Redeemer's praise, 
The glories of my God and King, 
The triumphs of His grace! 

Jean Martin, Nappanee, Indiana 

Information from: A Hymn Is Born, by Clint Bonner, 1959 Broadman Press. Used by 
permission. The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown and Mark 
R. Norton (c) 1995. Devotions written by William J. Petersen. Used by permission of Tyndale 
House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. 



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THE OLD FISHERMAN 

Our house was directly across the street from the clinic 
entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, We lived 
downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to outpatients at the 
clinic. One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a 
knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful-looking man. 

"Why, he's hardly taller than my eight-year-old." I thought 
as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body. But the appalling 
thing was his face-lopsided from swelling, red and raw. Yet 
his voice was pleasant as he said, "Good evening. I've come to 
see if you've a room for just one night. I came for a treatment 
this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus till 
morning. " 

He told me he'd been hunting for a room since noon, but 
with no success. No one seemed to have a room. "I guess it's 
my face. I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few 
more treatments. . ." For a moment he hesitated, but his next 
words convinced me. "I could sleep in this rocking chair on the 
porch. My bus leaves in the morning." I told him we would 
find him a bed, but to rest on the porch. I went inside and 
finished getting supper. When we were ready, I asked the old 
man if he would join us. "No thank you, I have plenty." And 
he held up a brown paper bag. When I had finished the dishes, I 
went out on the porch to talk with him a few minutes. It didn't 
take a long time to see that this old man had an oversized heart 
crowded into that tiny body. He told me he fished for a living 
to support his daughter, her five children, and her husband who 
was hopelessly crippled from a back injury. He didn't tell it by 
way of complaint; in fact, every other sentence was prefaced 
with a thanks to God for a blessing. He was grateful that no 
pain accompanied his disease which was apparently a form of 
skin cancer. He thanked God for giving him the strength to 
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At bedtime, we put a camp cot in the children's room for 
him. When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly 
folded and the little man was out on the porch. He refused 
breakfast, but just before he left for his bus, haltingly, as if 
asking a great favor, he said, "Could I please come back and 
stay the next time I have a treatment? I won't put you out a bit. 
I can sleep fine in a chair." He paused a moment and then 
added, "Your children made me feel at home. Grownups are 
bothered by my face, but children don't seem to mind." I told 
him he was welcome to come again. 

And on his next trip he arrived a little after seven in the 
morning. As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the 
largest oysters I had ever seen. He said he had shucked them 
that morning before he left so that they'd be nice and fresh. I 
knew his bus left at 4:00 A.M., and I wondered what time he 
had to get up in order to do this for us. 

In the years he came to stay overnight with us, there was 
never a time that he did not bring us fish or oysters or 
vegetables from his garden. At other times, we received 
packages in the mail, always by special delivery— fish and 
oysters packed in a box of fresh young spinach or kale, with 
every leaf carefully washed. Knowing that he must walk three 
miles to mail these, and knowing how little money he had, made 
the gifts doubly precious. 

When I received these little remembrances, I often thought 
of a comment our next-door neighbor made after he left that 
first morning. "Did you keep that awful-looking man last night? 
I turned him away! You can lose roomers by putting up such 
people!" Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice. But oh, if 
only they could have known him! Perhaps their illnesses would 
have been easier to bear. I know our family always will be 
grateful to have known him. From him we learned what it was 
to accept the bad without complaint and the good with 
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Recently I was visiting a friend who has a greenhouse. As 
she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one 
of all— a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to 
my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented bucket. I 
thought to myself, "If this were my plant, I'd put it in the 
loveliest container I had!" My friend changed my mind. "I ran 
short of pots," she explained, "and knowing how beautiful this 
one would be, I thought it wouldn't mind starting out in this old 
pail. It's just for a little while till I can put it out in the garden." 

She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I 
was imagining just such a scene in heaven. "Here's an especially 
beautiful one," God might have said when he came to the soul 
of the sweet old fisherman. "He won't mind starting in this 
small body." 

All this happened long ago and now, in God's garden, how 
tall this lovely soul must stand. The Lord does not look at the 
things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but 
the Lord looks at the heart. (I Sam. 16:7) 

Selected by Ruth Flora, Arcanum, Ohio 
and Martha Wagner, Gettysburg, Ohio 



MARRIAGE 
ROYER - EBERLY Caleb Royer and Tammy Eberly were 
united in marriage on February 26 near Nappanee, Indiana. 
New address: 63651 C.R. 3 

Elkhart, IN 46517 
(219) 862-2383 



BIRTHS 
ROYER - A son, Jared Luke, born February 10 to Joe and 
Elizabeth Royer of Mishawaka, Indiana. 

CONING - A son, Will Stephen, born February 14 to Thad and 
Suzanne Coning of Goshen, Indiana. 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE; Bedtime with Joseph 

Usually it was just Mother and Joseph who knelt by 
Joseph's bed for his bedtime prayer. But this night big brother 
Matthew was upstairs, too, so he joined them. As they were 
saying the Lord's Prayer together, Joseph stopped and said, "Do 
you know what you are saying when you say the Lord's Prayer, 
Matthew? You have to think about each thing you are saying." 
Then he began to explain each part of the prayer to Matthew. 

When he came to "And lead us not into temptation, but 
deliver us from evil," Joseph explained it this way, "I think of a 
big cardboard box labeled Temptation' and another big box 
labeled 'Evil.' I want to stay far away from both of them!" 

After they were through praying, Joseph said, "I want to be 
a child of God right now and be baptized like Timothy was!" 

"You can decide now to be a child of God, Joseph," Mother 
answered. "But for now, God just wants you to be obedient to 
your .parents and keep learning about Him and His Word. As 
you grow, you will understand more and more of the Bible. 
When you are older and understand it enough, then you can be 
baptized." 

"Goodnight, Mother," Joseph said. Soon he was peacefully 
sleeping. Perhaps he dreamed of being a happy, loving child of 
God's that night. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

ADDRESS CHANGES 

Andrew Cable: 28230 C.R. 42, Wakarusa, IN 46573 

Steve Stalter's work phone: (219) 83 1-4449 
Delete Dale Wemken's P.O. Box 



VICTORY 

God wins! God wins! Praise God, 'tis true! 
In trial or pain, He'll see us through. 
When dark the way, sing praise; God wins! 
Though weak we are, He's strong, God wins! 

Though Satan rage, he'll lose. God wins! 
Though oft we fail, Christ died for sins. 
God wins! What joy the promise gives! 
The one who trusts the Savior lives. 

Secure in God, why should we fear? 
The victory's sure; He's always near. 
Soon comes the day; we'll see the Son. 
And then we'll sing: praise be! God won! 
James Beery, Williamsport, Indiana 

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VOL. 47 APRIL. 2000 No. 4 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 

"How Much Is a Man Worth?" 

"To value the worth of man's soul, will you try?" 
To God there's great value, a value so high 
He gave e'en the blood of His own precious Son; 
In no other way could redemption be won. 

Made in God's image, man sinned and rebelled; 
From the garden of Eden he then was expelled. 
Yet hope was still offered, for before earth's foundation, 
God had provided a means of salvation. 

If something we love, we it greatly do treasure, 
How can we the worth of God's gift truly measure? 
The world— all its souls— He so loved, that He gave 
For the price of our pardon, His blood to us save. 

So, great is the debt that we owe to our Savior! 
Is there really a way to be found in His favor? 
Yes! He wants me! as a true sacrifice, 
My glory, devotion, my love, and my life. 

"How much is man worth?" comes the question again, 
To God, He's worth dying for! Now we can gain 
A joyous eternity, supernal bliss; 
> How tragic this glorious heaven to miss! 
Rlioda Royer, Nappanee, Indiana 



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THOUGHTS ON RESURRECTION AND SALVATION 

"If a man die, shall he live again?" Job asked a question that 
is important to every living human being. It comes up in 
churches, in hospital rooms, and on beds of suffering. Job 
observed plant life and commented, "For there is hope of a tree, 
if it be cut down, that it will sprout again." But about man he 
lamented, "But man dieth and wasteth away: yea, man giveth 
up the ghost, and where is he?" One who does not believe the 
Word of God is left with these questions; there is no other place 
to find answers. But if we believe the record God gave, then 
we know what will become of us. 

God didn't leave Job without answers, even in that far away 
time and place. Job demonstrated strong faith in the power of 
his Creator. From his misery he could confidently affirm: 
"Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire 
to the work of thine hands." And again: "For I know that my 
redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon 
the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, 
yet in my flesh shall I see God." 

We have the answers God gave Job plus the revelation of 
how God made it all possible. In one word, the answer is Jesus. 
He is that Redeemer that Job spoke of long ago. The story is 
the old one of Jesus and His love. Paul declared that He "loved 
me and gave himself for me." 

"... It is appointed unto men once to die," says the writer 
of Hebrews. It is a debt we all must pay. An exception is the 
children of God who are alive when Jesus comes. The 
important part for us is that we be ready for whatever God has 
for us. If the promise of resurrection is true, we have nothing 
to fear. Jesus said, "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an 



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hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh." He told His 
disciples that their time was always ready. 

As the seasons change and the beautiful springtime seems to 
promise another productive year, it is easy to reason that "all 
things continue as they were from the beginning of the 
creation." But this is the conclusion of unbelievers. We who 
believe should be ready for Jesus' return or for our own exit 
from this life. 

Do we know why Jesus died? Do we know why He hung 
on the cross and was made a curse for us? He didn't deserve 
that. God would not have allowed His only begotten Son to 
endure the suffering, humiliation, and curse of a Roman 
crucifixion without a purpose. He died for us, and evidently 
there was no other way to rescue mankind from Adam's sin and 
from the sin of every man besides Jesus Himself. He pleaded, 
"O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: 
nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." 

History tells us about how God gave the law and that it 
revealed His holiness, and how it demonstrated the inability of 
law to save. Mankind was (and is) helpless to rescue himself. 
Even if the law could save, we could not live in it without help 
from above. But, praise God, we have abundant revelation 
about His grace, His giving opportunity for man to be cleansed 
and born anew through the death and resurrection of Jesus. He 
died for us that He might bring us to God. 

The call is still going out: "Look and live." Kneel at the 
foot of the cross in repentance and let the blood of Jesus Christ 
cleanse us from all sin. These are actions of our spirits, and 
God by His Holy Spirit forgives us and gives us new life. The 
action of the body is to be baptized and openly profess to be 
God's children. Ananias told Paul: "And now why tarriest 
thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on 
the name of the Lord." No outward act by itself-neither the 



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physical application to our bodies of water or even blood can 
take away sin. But God gives us the outward washing of 
baptism to signify and demonstrate the cleansing of our souls by 
Jesus' blood and the coming forth into new life in the Spirit. To 
me this is the meaning of the command of Peter on Pentecost: 
"Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus 
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of 
the Holy Ghost." Col. 2:12 says, "Buried with him in baptism, 
wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the 
operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead." The 
operation of God is what makes baptism valid. 

Each year at springtime we see a type of resurrection. New 
growth appears on the trees and ground; flowers give promise 
of a fruitful season. How is it in our hearts? Have we received 
new life in Christ? Jesus declared even before His resurrection: 
"Because I live, ye shall live also." 
JESUS 

Jesus died that we might live; 

Atoned for sin, new life to give. 

Jesus lives that we might die- 
Die to sin and to Him cry 

For help in every time of test 

To find relief on Jesus' breast. 

Receive Him now as Lord and King; 

Let His praises ever ring 

In our hearts where life is given: 

Saved from sin—our hope in heaven. — L.C. 



HEIRS OF THE PROMISE 
This booklet by Daniel F. Wolf has now been reprinted and 
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BIBLICAL DOCTRINES 

The Two Kingdoms 

All human behavior is a revelation of what the mind has 
conceived and approved. An act of the body can never be 
performed until the mind has consented to it. The mind is the 
battle ground between God and Satan, good and evil. 

Sin entering in to the human race has come about by Satan's 
gaining control of the mind. This has created human behavior 
that requires law and restraint for man to survive. God 
established the law for this purpose and to make them 
knowledgeable of His righteousness and sovereignty. 

God, in raising a nation to prove Himself, became the dread 
and fear of all people, using them to destroy wicked nations 
much larger than they. The nation of Israel was basically the 
posterity of one man, the patriarch Abraham, and had the 
connection and blessing of God upon them— as they were called 
to administer the law and the holiness of God. The history of 
this nation is stormy. God's wrath was upon them many times 
for their disobedience. 

Through all this, the prophets had revealed to them that 
some day God was going to send a Messiah that would deliver 
them from all their enemies. The Old Testament closes with a 
note of separation between God and the nation of Israel. 

The New Testament opens with the coming of the long- 
expected Messiah. He appears in the geographical center of the 
kingdom of Israel. He comes as an infant, but is feared by those 
in control and authority. Satan attempted to destroy Him in 
infancy, but failed. He grew up to manhood in more or less 
obscurity, although at twelve years of age, He had some 
exposure. 

Not until manhood did He display powers that intrigued the 
common people to believe this is the Messiah that would deliver 
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were troubled. The common people wanted to crown Him as 
their king; they liked the loaves and fishes, the healing of the 
body, the demons rebuked, and the dead raised. But with all 
this, He had no interest in an earthly kingdom or to use an 
earthly kingdom to promote His cause and for His coming into 
the world. 

Jesus, walking in the flesh, refused to be a physical part of 
the earthly powers because He knew this would be powerless to 
transform the heart and mind of men. 

Jesus, walking in the flesh, revealed a power that can only 
be discerned and received through an humble spirit. He taught 
truth through parables that required total trust and confidence in 
Him and the powers He displayed. This humble trust in Him 
was what empowered unlearned men to startle the wise and so- 
called sophisticated society. 

As Christianity at large is claiming the validity of Christ and 
His mission in all forms of human behavior and also not 
acknowledging His stand in relating to the earthly kingdoms— 
this is not proving that Christ has come in the flesh. 

Only those that have been delivered from this earthly 
kingdom have been delivered from its doom and destruction. 
To prove that Christ has come in the flesh is in fruit-bearing. 
This can only be attained when the mind has conceived the 
doctrine of Christ in its fullness—that His kingdom is not of this 
world— that only through this separation of church and state can 
the spirit of Christ have freedom in the heart of man. This is the 
mind of Christ. 

"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine 
of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of 
Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son." (II John 9) 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



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THE SEVEN LAST SAYINGS OF CHRIST 
Man has done many things to try to convey the pain and suffering, the 
emotional anguish and turmoil He went through. Many books have been 
written. Many poems have flowed from the pens of compassionate, devout 
men and women, "The Passion Play" is a popular event. Many hymns 
have been composed that, when sung, break us down into weeping; 
especially among loving brethren and sisters. 

Happy souls, approach the table, 
Taste the soul-reviving food; 
Nothing half so sweet and pleasant 
As the Savior's flesh and blood. 

It is finished! 
Christ has borne the heavy load. 
In 1801, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) composed adagios that 
would depict the emotional states of Jesus on the cross and of His audience. 
Written for string quartet, the music is intense, complicated, and beautiful, 
accomplishing his goal. His work inspired this writing. 

So let's examine these seven last sayings of Jesus. Keep in mind His 
position when these were uttered. 

"Father, forgive then; for they know not what they do. " (Lk. 23;34) 
Just as He is our example in everything He taught and did, He is our 
perfect example in the often-times difficult process of forgiveness. There 
He hung from the nails in His hands and feet, and He forgave them. They 
were so engrossed in themselves, their earthly kingdom, their opinions and 
interpretations, that they did not recognize who He was. Despite the many 
miracles and the obvious presence of God through Jesus' attitude, life, 
teachings and examples; they still did not sec Him as the Messiah. He had 
even' right to call them "hypocrites," "blind guides," "fools and blind," "ye 
serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of 
hell?" (See Mt. 23) I am Jesus Christ your Saviour; why can't you see that? 
But no, hanging on the cross, He humbly and simply forgave them. They 
were blinded because they expected an earthly king, a great and powerful 
man. 

Jesus has left with us the process of gaining back a brother or sister 
who has fallen into sin. The purpose is to win them back from their error 
in love and concern, with an attitude of forgiveness. Peter asked the Lord 
how often we are to forgive our brother, and the reply was "until seventy 
times seven," many, many times. As often as they repentantly ask for it. 
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from our hearts. (ML 18) Luke adds, "If thy brother trespass against thee, 
rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him." (Lk. 17:3) We can and should 
be willing to forgive, but without genuine repentance, forgiveness cannot 
be effective. 

Jesus forgave those who condemned Him to the cross, but until 
repentance occurred, forgiveness could not be effective unto righteousness. 
But they were forgiven from their dying Saviour whom they nailed to the 
cross, forgiven from His ever compassionate, merciful heart! "Oh to be 
like Thee!" 

We have on record the stories of many martyrs who, filled with the 
Spirit of Christ, followed His example. Why is it so difficult for us, who 
live in ease, prosperity, and freedom? How powerful and subtle the 
adversary is! May we walk closer to Jesus, "for when I am weak, then am I 
strong." (II Cor. 12:10) 

"Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise, " 
(Luke 23:43) 

This man was a criminal, far removed from God and righteous living. 
He probably didn't even know the Scriptures. He was a sinner and he 
recognized that. He also recognized that Jesus was the Saviour, God's Son, 
and so he humbly pleaded a prayer, "Lord, remember me when thou 
comest into thy kingdom." Jesus didn't ask him questions; He didn't call 
for water for baptism; but they submissively went through the baptism of 
pain and suffering (a much greater baptism), and finally death, together. 
"But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened 
(pained) till it be accomplished!" (Lk. 12:50) 

The mother of Zebedee's children wanted her sons to be able to sit on 
each side of Jesus in heaven. He posed the difficult question then, "Are ye 
able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the 
baptism that I am baptized with?" (Mt. 20:22) Then He tried to make her 
understand that the world holds up men above others; rulers do exercise 
dominion and authority over them; but in God's kingdom it is not so. We 
are all ministers and servants one of another, just as Jesus ministered and 
gave His life a ransom for us. (See Mt. 20:23-28.) We are not great; we are 
all on the same level, feebly following our Master. 

The baptism of pain and suffering is the ultimate test of faith to our 
Lord. It is this that brings us down to the necessary humbleness to 
effectively and fully serve Him and our brethren. When we go through the 
death of self, only then are we able and worthy to drink of His cup. 

We could consider this the last miracle of Christ before His death. He 
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walked. Then the penitent criminal received forgiveness and eternal life 
hanging on a cross with Christ at his side. 

". . .He saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son. Then saith 
he to the disciple, Behold thy mother!" (Jo. 19:26,27) 

From that hour that disciple took her into his home to care for her. 
John understood Jesus' request at once and accepted the trust, providing 
Maty shelter, food, and comfort from her anguish. What a tender thought 
that Jesus, hanging there on the cross, thought of His mother to provide for 
her comfort! He had no money; He had left her something much more 
precious and valuable. It is interesting that He called her "woman" and not 
mother, perhaps indicating that He did not want her exalted above any 
other mother. Earlier He had asked the question, "Who is my mother, or 
my brethren?" His answer was, "Whosoever shall do the will of God." 
(Mk. 3:33; Mt. 12:48-50) He looked over His own blood relatives, His 
mother and bothers, and fixed His gaze on His disciples, those who were 
doing His will, those who had left all and were following Him. 

Even today, compassionate Christians care for one another in this way 
as much as possible. When the assembly works together, much can be 
accomplished. 

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Mt. 27:46; Mk, 
15:34) 

What a cry of despair and forlornness! There He hung on the tree, 
bleeding, suffering intense pain, and dying for our sins-burdened with the 
sins of all men and women though sinless Himself. Forsaken by His Father 
these last final hours. Christ's life was destined, or spared for this very 
moment of the final and ultimate sacrifice: the redemption of man. He 
had been offered vinegar and gall, a mixture which would have dulled His 
senses and eased the pain. No, He refused it and chose to bear the full load 
of sin in its pain and suffering and loneliness. 

Where sin is, God is not present. "For God so loved the world, that he 
gave his only begotten Son. . ." Yes, He loved the world. After all, He had 
made it and everything contained in it. He had made man after His own 
image. David was a man after His own heart. But disobedience and sin He 
abhors and pities the person or people that fall into it. Then there is great 
rejoicing when repentance is manifested. 

Jesus was perfect, without spot or blemish, bearing the image of His 
Father in heaven, doing His will on earth. "But he was wounded for our 
transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our 
peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Is. 53:5) "For a 
small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather 



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thee." (Is. 54:7) "For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the 
wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet, I may tell 
all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among 
them, and cast lots upon my vesture. But be not thou far from me, O Lord: 
O my strength, haste thee to help me." (Ps. 22:16-20) Can't we hear God 
consoling Him: My Son, I am only forsaking thee for a moment 1 am not 
far from Thee, that man's redemption may be fulfilled. For this You have 
been spared; this was Your purpose. 

"I thirst." (Jo. 19:28) 

And how He must have! What they gave Him seems a mockery, for 
they filled a sponge with vinegar (sour wine) and put it upon hyssop. Then 
they raised it to His mouth and He received it. ". . .In my thirst they gave 
me vinegar to drink." (Ps. 69:21b) "A jar full of sour wine was standing 
there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop, 
and brought it up to his mouth." (Jo. 19:29 NASV) Branches of hyssop 
were used to sprinkle the passover sacrifice blood of a lamb on the lintel 
and the doorposts. (Ex. 12:21-28) How appropriate then to extend a 
hyssop branch to the bleeding lamb of God; the final sacrifice for the sins 
of mankind. 

How He thirsted for the salvation of the souls of men, more than He 
physically thirsted! Do we "hunger and thirst after righteousness" as 
passionately as He did? He is our example. (Mt. 5:6) "But whosoever 
drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water 
that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into 
everlasting life," (Jn. 4:14) ". . . He that believeth on me shall never 
thirst." (Jn. 6:35. Also see Re. 7:14-17) 

"Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit " (Lk. 23:46) 

The end is very near; the last three hours have been agonizing. Now 
He knows the suffering is almost ended. He commends or commits His 
spirit into His Father's loving hands. This statement was so impressive 
that a centurion was deeply moved and declared, "Certainly this was a 
righteous man." (v. 47) "... And having said thus, he gave up the ghost." 
Oh that we will commend our spirits to Christ! 

"It isfinished."(h\ 19:30) 

"... And he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." Some feel that 
His head did not helplessly, or lifelessly drop forward, but that He 
deliberately, purposely, placed His head into a position of rest. He 
voluntarily "gave up the ghost." It was time; He was in control. He 
dismissed His spirit into the hands of His waiting Father. This is 
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Hark! the voice of love and mercy 
Sounds aloud from Calvary. 
See, it rends the rocks asunder, 
Shakes the earth and veils the sky! 

It is finished! 
Hear the dying Saviour cry. 
Not only was it finished, the redemption of man was fulfilled! They 
pierced His side with a spear instead of breaking His legs as was 
traditional. From His side flowed a gnsh of blood and water; the blood that 
cleanses us from all sin and unrighteousness, washes us whiter than snow. 
What power this is! Blood cleanses us from the guilt of sin, whereas the 
water of the Word cleanses us from the defilement of sin, its power. The 
hymn illustrates this: 

Let the water and the blood, 
From Thy riven side which flowed, 
Be of sin the double cure; 
Save me from its guilt and power. 
When He died, the veil was rent in twain as prophesied. The earth 
shook, and there was great darkness over all the earth. The earth was in 
mourning. It shook of shock and shame of His blood flowing onto it. 
Everything God had made was affected by this horrible event! 

But was it horrible? At the time it seemed so, but we know the whole 
story, and it doesn't end here! Yes, He was buried in a new sepulchre, but 
on the third day, He arose from the dead! New life for Him! New life for 
us! 

Today it is finished and we live in this time of grace, living for the 
second coming of our Lord. Someday soon, this age will be fulfilled. Are 
you ready? 

Conclusion 
If I could have been sitting at the foot of the cross, I wonder what I 
would have thought and felt? What intense emotions! Through study, 
prayer, and meditation we can experience them in a small way. But it goes 
far beyond emotions. May these emotions motivate us to a closer walk 
with Him. 

"And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy 
of me." (Mt. 10:38) The cross is not easy to bear. In fact, we can't bear it 
without His help. Jesus lightens the load. "Come unto me, all ye that 
labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon 
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rest unto your souls." (Mt. 1 1:28,29) If we take on the yoke of Christ, He 
is close beside us in the same yoke, helping us along the meek and lowly 
way. This is the prescription for a life of self-denial like Jesus 
demonstrated from His birth until His death. Even during the six hours on 
the cross, He asked nothing for Himself, nor did He complain. "Hallelujah, 
what a Saviour!" 

Seven statements— and we are just entering the seventh millennium. Is 
this the "It is finished" millennium? Time will tell. May we concentrate 
on being faithful, shining His joyous light of glory to those around us. 
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon 
thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness 
the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen 
upon thee." (Is. 60:1,2) 

The Last Precious Words of Our Saviour 

"Father, forgive them," He pleads 
"For they don't know 7 what they do," 
Though for them He suffering bleeds, 
This is the King of the Jews. 

"Thou shalt dwell today with Me; 
In Paradise we will go." 
Agonizing on the tree, 
His grace and mercy did glow. 

"Woman, behold thy Son now; 
Son, thy mother comfort give;" 
As sweat and blood crowned His brow, 
His will and ways we must live. 

"Why hast thou forsaken Me?" 
A pitiful cry, alone, 
Rejected, bruised, He did plea, 
Soon to His glorious throne. 

"I thirst," He does softly state. 
Vinegar soaked sponge is raised; 
His lips receive, then He waits. 
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"Into thy hand I commend 
My spirit/' to Thee ascend; 
Thy cross to some it offends; 
My Spirit them will I send. 

"It is finished! " work fulfilled, 
His spirit He releases. 
What love to our souls instilled! 
His life on earth deceases. 

"Go," He said, teach all nations 
To do and obey My will 
With man, peaceful relations; 
See Christ; our cross on the hill 

Ron Cable, Williamsport, Indiana 

SPRING MEETING NOTICES 

Bradford, Ohio April 1,2 

Salida, California April 15,16 
Warren County, Indiana April 29,30 
Annual Meeting Wakarusa, Indiana June 9,10,1 1 

BIRTHS 

MARTIN - A daughter, Pearl Dove, born March 8 to Matthew 

and Sarah Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 

COVER - A son, Adam Jesse, born March 8 to Jesse and 

Rachel Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

COVER - A daughter, Amy Renee, born March 10 to Peter and 

Denita Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

YODER - A son, Branson Trey, born Marchl4 to Greg and 

Kimberly Yoder of Goshen, Indiana. 

ADDRESS UPDATE 

Danny and Joyce Dingman: 7208 Gettysburg-Webster Rd. 

Bradford, Ohio 45308 

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FOR YOUTH 
THE CHURCH NEEDS YOU! 

You need the church and the church needs you, 
Though Satan whispers that it's not true. 
You need a place where you belong, 
So that for Christ you can be strong. 

You need the church to feed your soul, 
So that sin will not take control 
The church needs you to spread the Word; 
There's still too many who haven't heard. 

You need the church—you need good friends 
When life its trouble on you sends. 
The church needs you to lend a hand, 
Whenever your brother can hardly stand. 

You need the church to help you grow 
More like Christ while here below. 
The church needs you to spend time in prayer 
And do your part the work to share. 

You need the church for fellowship sweet; 
Living without it you're not complete. 
The church needs you to fill your place, 
Though it is small, it leaves a space. 

You need the church to teach you to give, 
And not for yourself alone to live. 
The church needs you to do your part, 
Not with a grudge, but from the heart! 

You need the church and the church needs you- 
Will you, my brother, then be true? 

By Arlene Dueck in Companions, February, 2000 
Submitted by Mervin Hilty 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Julia and the Truth 

"Jooo-I-ya, Joooo-1-ya," Mother called. "Julia, come 
quickly, please." 

In the playhouse, Julia was rocking Dolly. "Mother just 
wants me to bring jars up from the basement. Then she'll want 
me to snap beans. Then I'll need to fill the jars. But, Dolly- 
dear, I just don't have time to help Mother today. I need to 
rock you to sleep and clean up this little house. And I'll need to 
start our supper soon. So, Dolly-dear, you go right off to sleep, 
please." 

A knock on the playhouse door, and Mother's displeased 
voice, "Julia, are you in here?" made Julia stop rocking, but she 
did not answer. Mother pushed the door open and saw Julia. 
"Why didn't you come when I called, Julia?" 

"Did you call me, Mother?" Julia pretended she hadn't 
heard. 

"Yes, didn't you hear me?" Mother said. 

"I've been in here rocking Dolly. She's been crying for an 
hour." Julia didn't answer Mother's question, so she didn't 
think she was lying. 

"Julia," Mother said, "You are not telling me the truth. It is 
like you are holding the truth behind your back. You need to 
get the truth out here in front of you— between you and me. 
Then we can take care of this matter." 

Julia looked unhappy. She sat and stared at the floor for a 
minute. Finally, she looked up into Mother's eyes and said, 
"Yes, I did hear you, but I didn't want to come." 

"Now, that's better," Mother said. "That's putting the truth 
out front between us, and we can take care of it properly. You 
will need to be punished, Julia." 



After the punishment was over, Julia skipped beside Mother 
to the house. She cheerfully worked with Mother all afternoon, 
and it didn't seem long until the beans were all canned. 

Linda Frick 

Gettysburg, Ohio 

PILGRIM POINTERS 

One stop pilgrims must make is at the foot of the cross of 
Christ. Christian in Pilgrim's Progress found that at the cross 
his burden of sin rolled away and disappeared into the sepulchre 
of Christ. He went on weeping for joy and singing: 

"Thus far did I come loaden with my sin, 

Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in, 

Till I came hither: what a place is this? 

Must here be the beginning of my bliss? 

Must here the burden fall from off my back? 

Must here the strings that bound it to me crack? 

Blest cross! blest sepulchre! blest rather be 

The Man that there was put to shame for me!" 



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VOL. 47 May. 2000 No. 5 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 



A MOTHER'S PRAYER 

I wash the dirt from little feet, and as I wash, I pray, 
Lord, keep them ever pure and true to walk the narrow way. 
I wash the dirt from little hands, and earnestly I ask 
Lord, may they ever yielded be to do the humblest task. 

I wash the dirt from little knees and pray, Lord, may they be 

The place where victories are won and orders sought, from 

Thee. 

I scrub the clothes that soil so soon and pray, Lord, may her 

dress 

Throughout eternal ages be Thy robe of righteousness. 

E'er many hours shall pass, I know I'll wash these hands again, 
And there'll be dirt upon her dress before the day shall end. 
But as she journeys on through life and learns of want and pain, 
Lord, keep her precious little heart cleansed from all sin and 
stain. 

For soap and water cannot reach where Thou alone canst see 
Her hands and feet-these I can wash-I trust her heart to Thee. 

By B. Rybery in King's Business 
From Edna Baker's collection 



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BEHOLD THY MOTHER! 

Jesus' words from the cross committing the care of Mary to 
the beloved Apostle John sound down through centuries of 
time, heavy with meaning, bringing responsibility even to our 
modern generation. To understand the importance of Jesus' 
words, we need only to consider the agony He was enduring- 
how difficult it must have been to have breath to speak. It was 
no time for unnecessary words. In providing for the future care 
of Mary, Jesus set an example for us all to love and provide for 
our elderly parents and loved ones. 

"Behold thy mother!" means more than see or look at her. 
This was Jesus' way of placing the responsibility of her care on 
John. There was no need for many words of explanation. 
Jesus' physical strength must have been failing fast. She is now 
your mother to love and care for as a son. From that time John 
took Mary into his own home. 

Today it's different— or is it? Arrange for Social Security 
and Medicare. Find a suitable care facility where Mother could 
be with others her age. Make sure the place is well staffed, has 
maximum security, pleasant gardens of flowers and trees, handy 
to walk toshopping centers. It should have a modern dining 
area with good food and good service. Entertainment of -some 
sort should be available every day and there should be the 
option of a private room or regular nursing type care. 

We praise God for facilities of this kind, because in many 
cases they are needed. Sometimes husband and wife can live 
together in comfort and pleasant surroundings in such a place. 
But let us be careful that we do not use a nursing home to 
substitute for a duty the Lord asks us to bear. I know for sure 
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would rather be in a home with loved ones who care and who 
share their faith and hope. 

What do our mothers and fathers mean to us? Of course, 
without them we would not be here. We owe them the debt of 
love for bearing us, providing a childhood home, teaching us 
the language, feeding and clothing us. My brother once wrote 
about our mother: "Without her I would fare badly." Certainly 
this is an understatement considering the love, the sacrifices, the 
hardship endured, and hours of labor that a mother invests for 
her children. 

Some children do "fare badly" because many mothers are 
not good mothers. But I can not say that about mine, and I am 
sure that most of the Pilgrim readers also had good homes with 
faithful mothers and fathers. 

"Behold thy mother!" "Mother's Day" is a good time to 
take another loving look at that dear person God provided for 
each of us. Whether she is alive today or not, we owe a debt of 
gratitude to her. If she is alive, show her your love with more 
than just gifts and flowers. Tell her and demonstrate that she is 
precious and appreciated. God's love "shed abroad in our 
hearts" certainly has a place between child and parents. Make a 
good home for her in your heart and also in your house if the 
need is there. If it is a burden to care for an aged mother, 
remember that this is also temporary. In many of our 
difficulties, we console ourselves with the assurance that it will 
not last long. Even a whole lifetime is short in light of eternity. 

"Behold thy mother!" This possessive pronoun makes it 
special to each of us. She is ours. We have (or have had) only 
one. There will never be one with quite the same relationship. 
These words of Jesus speak of a high privilege, a true love, and 
a heavy responsibility. May we not miss out on the blessings so 
available. — L.C. 

MOTHER 
"A mother may forgetful be." 



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Yes, human love is frail, 

But mine was always good to me; 

She never seemed to fail. 

Our cares were always her concern; 
She sensed our doubts and fears. 
She blew our noses, patched our scrapes 
And kissed away our tears. 

Oh what a debt we owe her love! 
Help us, O Lord, to pay; 
And live to meet her up above 
On resurrection day. — L.C. 

BIBLICAL DOCTRINES 
Doctrine Defined 

Biblical doctrine is its intellectual philosophy. One of the 
definitions of philosophy is the general principles of a 
particular system of principles for the conduct of life. 

Doctrinal taiths of the Scriptures conceived in the heart of 
man is what preserved and declared the will of God in all ages. 
This has been an unbroken continuity of faith in the lives of men 
and women ever since Jesus declared His kingdom on earth and 
assured its security and eternal existence. Jesus invested this in 
the trust of the human heart by and through the Holy Spirit. 

Doctrinal truth, being the security of God's kingdom on 
earth, is expressed and maintained by and in the corporate faith 
where men and women become of one heart, soul, and spirit- 
not through laws and legislation, but by love and faith it 
becomes the righteousness of God. This is the physical 
testimony of the living Christ. This supersedes all other human 
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testimony of the living Christ and His kingdom on earth: "Ye 
are the salt of the earth. . . Ye are the light of the world." 

The corporate faith in community fills its spiritual, physical, 
and social needs. This is the evidence and power of doctrinal 
truth. This is the gospel message that is to go out into all the 
world. This is proving the message of salvation by what is the 
good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Truth has no 
value until conceived and vindicated. The miracles of Jesus are 
what made all men accountable to who He is. The miracles of 
the corporate faith are also making all men accountable to its 
truths. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if 
ye have love one to another." (the words of Jesus) 

The corporate faith, being the ambassador of eternal truth in 
a foreign land, bearing fruit that honors the life of Christ, is 
proving the power of the Holy Spirit secure in doctrinal truth. 
"(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness 
and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord." (Eph. 
5:9,10) This is the motto of the corporate faith that ushers it 
into the joy of the Lord, and becomes the servant of its 
fellowmen. This is expressed in love and good works—to 
overcome evil with good, to suffer wrong, to bless its enemies 
and them that curse it, to do good to them that hate it and 
despitefully use it and persecute it. It is true and faithful in its 
covenants. It has overcome the evils of the world's 
entertainments that stimulate lust and prevailing over one 
another. It has no desire to gain control of earthly kingdoms or 
to interfere with its authority. 

We have declared what the purpose is for the kingdom of 
God on earth—and its mission. The need and function of the 
kingdoms of the earth is also God-ordained, but for a different 
purpose. It is to govern and preserve a godless society by the 
discipline of the law. For this to bless and be functional it must 
be kept in the precepts in which it was given. (Rom 13; I Tim. 
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Satan is able to obligate the kingdom of God to assist in 
governing the kingdoms of this world. Through this theology, 
the church (so called) has even become a world governing 
power in history and become a persecutor of true Christianity. 
The same spirit and society is at work today in defence of the 
lawless. This is making headlines in the news media. It 
interferes in God's will for His kingdom on earth. Christ's 
kingdom is being betrayed. Seduction and false doctrine are the 
most powerful tool in Satan's hand. 

The community of corporate faith that is proving the 
holiness of God in life and love is the message and the will of 
God to all the world. 

"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to 
give you the kingdom. " 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



THOUGHTS ON THE KINGDOM OF GOD 

"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be 
justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." 

Romans 3:20 

We see that the law cannot justify, for by the law is the 
knowledge of sin, and when we walk with the knowledge of sin, 
we walk in condemnation. Also under the law there was 
remembrance made of sins every year. But now being dead to 
the law, being married to Christ Jesus, being made free from 
sin, in its power, its knowledge (that is, walking with the ever- 
present awareness of sin), and its condemnation, "ye have your 
fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life." 

So we see that the kingdom of God is not is word, (or 
words alone do not verify the reality of a new creature) but in 
power, for only by the Holy Spirit can one overcome the world, 
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with observation (or by the seeing of the eye), "For behold the 
Kingdom of God is within you." "Whose kingdom is an 
everlasting kingdom." 

The King laid aside His splendor, the royal greatness of the 
majesty of the kingdom. "Made himself of no reputation, and 
took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the 
likeness of men." He was misunderstood, was thought to have 
been born of fornication, was thought to have a devil, was 
forsaken by His closest friends. The sinless one "was numbered 
with the transgressors." He took all the horrors of death for sin 
for all who would believe; then went back to glory to intercede 
for us. Shortly after, He sent the Holy Spirit to fill His 
followers, which is the kingdom of God within. 

So we see the kingdom did not come with observation. For 
the King was present only by His Spirit in the hearts and lives of 
His people. The true Jew is now an inward one, whose praise is 
not of men, but of God. 

As the King was greatly misunderstood, so also His people 
are greatly misunderstood. Those who are born of the Spirit 
are misunderstood by those who are born of the flesh. But 
someday soon there will be a marriage of the King and His 
bride, His body, His people, the church which is written in 
heaven. 

So, as the law was a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ 
Jesus the King, now that we are married to Him, God forbid 
that we should leave Him and go back under the school master: 
under the weakness of the flesh, the condemnation of the 
knowledge of sin, and the oldness of the letter. "But now being 
made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your 
fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life." "There is 
therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ 
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." 

Kevin Garber 
Tuolumne, California 



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A THANK YOU NOTE 

We were quite surprised at the outpouring of compliments 
and good wishes from our friends over our 50th Wedding 
Anniversary. We wish to thank everyone for your kindness and 
thoughtfulness. 

We want to recognize that our fifty good years together are 
not the result of our capability or clever management, but God 
has been gracious, and we want to give Him all the credit. 

It humbles us to realize that many of you have had more 
than fifty years together and we have neglected to remember 
your anniversary dates. 

Thank you again, and may God bless you richly. 

Harold and Mary Ellen Royer 



BAPTISMS-California Congregation 

Mary Wemken and Darcy Brown— April 30, Salida, California 

We pray that these dear young sisters may faithfully serve in 
the Kingdom of Christ. 



ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE 

Wakarusa, Indiana, June 9, 1 0, 1 1 . All are welcome to these 
meetings. 



MARRIAGE 

ROYER— CASTLE Joel Royer and Leanne Castle were united 
in marriage on April 22 at Dallas Center, Iowa. 
New address: 64714 C.R. 17 

Goshen, IN 46526 



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^THAT "FRIENDLY" WORLD 

Can I take part with those 

Who nailed Him to the tree? 

And where His name is never praised, 

Is there the place for me? 

Nay, world! I turn away; 
Though thou seem fair and good, 
That friendly, outstretched hand of thine 
Is stained with Jesus' blood. 

If in thy least device 

I stoop to take a part, 

All unaware, thine influence steals 

God's presence from my heart. 

I miss my Saviour's smile 
Whene'er I walk thy ways 
Thy laughter drowns the Spirit's voice 
And chokes the springs of praise. 

Whene'er I turn aside 

To join thee for an hour, 

The face of Christ grows blurred and dim. 

And prayer has lost its power. 

Farewell. Henceforth my place 
Is with the Lamb who died. 
My Sovereign! While I have Thy love 
What can I want beside? 

Thyself, blest Lord, art now 7 

My free and loving choice, 

In whom, though now I see Thee not, 

Believing, I rejoice. 

One of Brother Daniel Wolfs favorites 
Author unknown 



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HYMN HISTORY 

Let the Lower Lights Be Burning 

Born in Pennsylvania in 1838, Philip Bliss was raised in 
poverty. In his teens he worked at a country sawmill for ten 
dollars a month. In his early twenties he married, bought a 
ramshackle buggy and a horse he named "Fanny," and went 
about the countryside with his wife, teaching music. He was 
tall and robust with a winning personality, genial manner, and a 
rich baritone voice. He wrote a number of songs we still sing 
today including "Wonderful Words of Life," "Almost 
Persuaded, " and "Hold the Fort. " 

One night Bliss listened to evangelist D. L. Moody tell of a 
shipwreck on Lake Erie, just off the harbor at Cleveland, 
because the lower lights along the coast had gone out. "The 
Master will take care of the great light," said Moody in referring 
to the main lighthouse, "but let us keep the lower lights 
burning." 

The following night Philip Bliss sang a new hymn for which 
he had written both words and music. It is found in hymnals 
around the world today: 

Brightly beams our Father's mercy 

From His lighthouse evermore, 

But to us He gives the keeping 

Of the lights along the shore. 

Chorus: Let the lower lights be burning! 
Send a gleam across the wave! 
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman 
You may rescue, you may save. 

After a visit with his mother in Pennsylvania, Philip and his 
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plunged through the trestle, caught fire, and carried a hundred 
passengers to their* deaths. The powerful singer tore his way 
from the burning cars. Unable to find his wife, he went back, 
and in a vain effort to save her, died at her side. He was thirty- 
eight years old. His trunk was salvaged, and in it was found an 
unfinished hymn. It began: "I know not what awaits me, God 
kindly veils my eyes." 

Information from: A Hymn Is Bom, by Clint Bonner. 1959 Broadman Press. Used by 
permission. 

Jean Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



CHRISTIAN SCHOOL VIEWS 
(Starting with this issue we hope to print occasionally, articles on 
Christian schools for teachers, students, and parents. We believe schools 
are a vital part of our communities and deserve attention here. --L.C) 

Diverted Attention 

As teachers we know how easily students' attention can be 
diverted by the passing of a truck, the buzzing of an insect, or 
the antics of a fellow student. As a result they miss part of the 
lesson. 

In a much more serious way, our teaching can be diverted 
from God's truth and His glory by the profound teaching of 
philosophers and the dazzling accomplishments of men. If we 
are not careful, a science lesson on the marvels of the atom may 
include the findings of Ernest Rutherford and the theories of 
Niels Bohr without giving credit to the God who designed the 
atom and who alone understands its true structure. Huge 
textbooks have been written about areas of science that give not 
one word of credit to God. The epitome of the world's 
approach to history was expressed at the event of man's first 
step onto the moon: "That's one small step for a man, but a 
giant leap for mankind." In every area of education, man gets 
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Public school education is not just missing Bible reading, 
prayer, and God's moral absolutes, but it is saturated with 
diverted attention to the exaltation of man and a secular view of 
the natural world. And so children are raised to glory in men 
and trust in themselves and other men instead of worshipping 
and trusting the Almighty God. Are these diversions planned or 
unplanned? 

If we do not want another to see something, we may 
deliberately divert his attention by placing an attractive object in 
the opposite direction. Satan is a master of diverting attention. 
At a time of the year set aside to commemorate Christ's birth, 
mythical Santa Claus gets the world's attention. The mythical 
Easter Bunny diverts attention from the resurrected Christ. The 
coming of the year 2000 should have brought much attention to 
the coming of Christ from which our years are intended to be 
numbered. But the world gave very little attention to that 
greatest of all historical events. Instead, a possible Y2K 
problem, the past achievements of man, and the great future we 
can expect science to make possible has been the focus of the 
world's attention. 

These are just a few examples of how Satan has diverted 
man's attention from God and the real issues of life. The realm 
of education is a prime target for diverted attention since it 
influences the thinking of the next generation. 

If we as Christian teachers do not steel ourselves against the 
diverting allurements of man and his achievements, we will be 
educating our children's attention away from instead of toward 
God. At such a time when the foundations are crumbling in the 
worldly society around us, we are called to build walls of 
character and conviction upon the solid rock of God's enduring 
truth. 

By Lester E. Sho waiter in 
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FOR YOUTH 

Submission 

Submitting seem like it's one of the hardest things for carnal 
human flesh to do. I believe this is because submission is the 
outward form of inward humility. 

What is submission? To whom am I to submit? And to 
whom do I look for a perfect example of submission? 

Submission is defined as being under obedience, to put 
under, and to subdue. It is because of this definition that I think 
that outward submission is inward humility. To submit means 
to subdue pride so that we can serve as unto Christ. 

To whom are we to submit? I cannot think that one could 
be able to submit to anyone in a scriptural way without first 
submitting to God. James 4:7 says, "Submit yourselves 
therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." 
It is no mystery why the Apostle put the idea of submitting to 
God together with the idea of resisting the devil. It takes the 
act of subduing sin to be able to humble ourselves so that we 
can submit to God. "... Not my will but thine be done." 

We are also to submit ourselves to God's servants. 
Hebrews 13:17 says, "Obey them that have the rule over you, 
and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls. . ." Oh, 
how terrible it would be for one to fall out of the way because 
of lack of submission to the church and ministry! 

We are also asked to submit to the older, more experienced 
brethren, as I Peter 5:5 says: "Likewise, ye younger, submit 
yourselves unto the elder. . . for God resisteth the proud, and 
giveth grace to the humble." This verse directly proves the 
correlation between humility and submission. A sad but 
common plight is when the older, more experienced are 
replaced by younger, inexperienced men. This is exactly what 
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In I Corinthians 16:15-16, is another command to whom we 
are to submit: ". . .(Ye know the house of Stephanas. . . and 
that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) 
That ye submit yourselves unto such. . ." 

These goals for Christian humility and submission seem 
quite impossible and, indeed, without Christ we can do nothing; 
yet, when compared with what Christ has done, it seems 
insignificant! 

In Philippians 2:8 Paul writes of Jesus that "Being found in 
fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient 
unto death, even the death of the cross." 

Even though this verse does not use the word submit, I 
believe it carries the very message of submission in it, in its 
greatest, fullest meaning. Can you imagine the submission it 
would take, as God Almighty, to come down to this earth in the 
form of a man, and to be killed in the most degrading way by 
sinners? 

I believe this takes away any excuse to say that submission 
is too hard or not possible. We must do all for the One that did 
all for us. 

Let us strive to practice deeper submission. 

Calvin Johnson 
Tuolumne, California 

ADDRESS CHANGES 

Mark Brown 20732 Ponderosa Way 
Tuolumne, CA 95379 
(209)928-4582 

Merrill Royer 25740 C.R. 138 

Goshen, IN 46526 

Paul Royer 25743 St. Rd. 1 19 ** 
Goshen, IN 46526 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Two Friends 

"Let's ride bikes," Joanie said to her friend Susie. "It is a 
sunshiny day, and we'll have fim." 

"Okay, let's," Susie answered. "But I don't know how to 
ride much yet." 

"I'll help you learn. Come on," and Joanie and Susie ran out 
the door. 

Joanie stood Susie's bike up and held it for her while Susie 
got on. Susie grabbed the handlebars and began gingerly 
pedaling. Joanie let go, and Susie wobbled away. "Help!" 
Susie yelled in fright. Then she tumbled. 

Running to her, Joanie kindly said, "I KNOW it is scary, 
isn't it? Here, I'll run along beside you and hold you up until 
you can balance better. Ready? Here we go!" 

At the end of the driveway, Joanie said, "Let's go back now. 
You did really well, and you'll soon learn." Up and down the 
drive they went. When Joanie's legs were about too tired to run 
anymore, Susie suddenly took off on her own. "You did it!" 
shouted Joanie. "You did it! Now we can ride together!" 

"Let's ride bikes," said Cheryl to her friend Sheila. 

"Okay, let's," said Sheila. "But I can't ride very well yet." 

"Come on," and the two girls ran out the door. Cheryl 
hopped on her bike quick as a flash and went racing up and 
down the driveway. 

Sheila took her time getting onto her bike. She carefully 
began pedaling. Wobbling from side to side, she yelled, "Help!" 
and tumbled. 

"Scaredy-cat!" yelled Cheryl. "Can't you ride a bike any 
better than that? Look at me go!" 



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Very soberly, Sheila untangled herself from the bike. She 
walked the bike back to the garage and put it away. Into the 
house she went, with tears in her eyes. 

Yes, Sheila did learn to ride a bike, but not while Cheryl 
was there. 

Which friend are you? The one who encourages and kindly 
helps? Or the one who scorns and goes on with your own life? 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



PILGRIM POINTERS 

If we are truly pilgrims, we should not be upset or resentful 
at the thought of leaving our homes or farms here. Remember: 
"In my Father's house are many mansions." And: "He that 
overcometh shall inherit all things. . ." -L.C. 






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VOL. 47 JUNE. 2000 No. 6 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (1 John 4:14) 

A FATHER'S PRAYER 

Dear God, my little boy of three 
Has said his nightly prayer to Thee; 
Before his eyes were closed in sleep, 
He asked that Thou his soul would keep. 

And I, still kneeling at his bed, 
My hand upon his tousled head, 
Do ask, with deep humility, 
That Thou, dear Lord, remember me. 

Make me, kind Lord, a worthy dad 
That I may lead this little lad 
In pathways ever fair and bright; 
That I may keep his steps aright. 

O God, his trust must never be 
Destroyed or ever marred by me. 
So, for the simple things he prayed 
With childish voice so unafraid, 
I, trembling ask the same from Thee; 
Dear Lord, kind Lord, remember me. 

Author unknown 
From Edna Baker's collection 



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MOW AROUND THE OBSTACLES 

I like to mow. It is satisfying to see improvement—to see 
shaggy grass cut to show a smooth, even yard. It indicates care 
and order, attributes of the church of Jesus Christ. In a field, 
mowing produces hay or combines grain for food, another 
blessing God gives His people. 

Yes, mowing is enjoyable. But in these hills there are 
obstacles to mow around. In the field there may be rocks or 
trees; in the lawn it is flower beds, shrubs, or rocks. The 
problem is to mow around the obstacles without wasting too 
much time, yet producing a neat appearance after the job is 
done. 

Yesterday, as I mowed both in the field and in the yard, it 
occurred to me that here are similarities to our Christian 
experience. Let us make a few comparisons. 

Obstacles take time. We like it better when life goes 
smoothly like the straight areas where we mow. When we meet 
a tree we need to slow down and carefully go around on all 
sides. Sickness, accidents, car trouble, unexpected visitors or 
expenses all intrude somewhat in the smooth progress of our 
Christian life. They are good for us in that we examine our 
lives and evaluate our progress and priorities. 

Obstacles take extra work. That light bulb needs to be 
replaced. That back left tire needs air. I had a flat on the front 
tire of my tractor, and I could not get the weight separated from 
the rim. It weighed about as much as I do, and it took some 
work to handle and some time. At the tire shop after it was 
repaired, a stocky man about my age (another customer) 
grabbed it and loaded it on my pickup almost by himself. I 
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effort. His reply reminded me of an important truth: "What are 
we here for anyway?" 

Obstacles make us aware of our need for God's grace and 
for faith on our part. When life flows smoothly, we sometimes 
take it for granted and forget how dependant we are on our 
Heavenly Father. One preacher asked, "Where does your faith 
grow 9 On the mountain top? It doesn't take faith to survive 
there. But in the valleys when things aren't going so well is 
when we appreciate God's grace and our faith grows. God gets 
glory when we are faithful in adversity— especially if someone is 
looking on. u 

So obstacles are really valuable to us. They drive us to our 
knees, and we come through stronger and more patient. 
Romans 5 says we glory in tribulation "knowing that tribulation 
worketh patience; And patience experience; and experience, 
hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God 
is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given 
unto us." Patience, experience, and hope can all be the benefits 
of troubles and trials. 

Experience certainly is useful in mowing around obstacles. 
It is just as valuable in meeting problems in our Christian life. 
The skill in dealing with our spiritual hurdles often is no more 
than being able to commit the problem to our Savior. He has 
promised to never leave us, and "He knows the way through the 
wilderness," 

The Israelites' beginning their journey from Egypt to Canaan 
is often compared to our own exodus from the bondage of sin 
to liberty and salvation in Jesus Christ. You remember that they 
encountered an obstacle when they came upon the Red Sea. To 
their dismay they saw the Egyptian army pursuing from the rear. 
The sea seemed an impossible barrier to their flight. They cried 
out to the Lord. Some complained and blamed Moses for the 
whole project which seemed doomed to disaster. Moses told 
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Lord." When Moses called upon God, He replied, "Wherefore 
criest thou unto me 9 speak unto the children of Israel, that they 
go forward. . ." He told Moses exactly what to do and what 
would happen. 

God has not changed. He still delivers His people when 
they cry to Him It doesn't mean that the obstacles will be 
removed from our path, but He will help us through or around 
or above any hindrance to our spiritual progress. Our part is to 
have "patient faith" and trust our Guide. The hymn says: 

"To patient faith the prize is sure, 

And all that to the end endure 

The cross shall wear the crown." 
The message to Smyrna, burdened with the obstacles of 
tribulation, poverty, and persecution was "Be thou faithful unto 
death, and I will give thee a crown of life." — L.C. 

TO OUR YOUNG FATHERS 

Mothers may receive more attention on Mother's Day than 
fathers do on Father's day. Some think that only our heavenly 
Father is worthy of that honor. However, children are to honor 
their parents. And I believe it is not wrong to speak of the 
awesome responsibility resting on fathers in our time, and to 
give recognition when this responsibility is discharged well. 
Many fathers of our day are leaving the training of children, and 
even the spiritual leadership in the home, up to the mothers. It 
is not uncommon to hear of a mother or grandmother especially 
remembered for her godliness. This is good but where are the 
men who are given the position of leader under Christ? We 
have godly fathers among us, and we encourage them to be 
faithful in the responsibilities God has given. 

In I Thessalonians 2, Paul reminds his readers how he had 
behaved among them; holily, justly, and unblameably. He i^as 
not deceitful, not flattering, not covetous, but gentle and even 
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has some indirect counsel for fathers in verse 1 1 : "As ye know 
how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, 
as a father doth his children." 

Paul uses three verbs here to describe how a father 
encourages his children. Exhort means to invite or invoke or 
implore or even to urge earnestly. Fathers have authority over 
the children to "bring them up in the nurture and admonition of 
the Lord." It will be effective when that authority is exercised 
earnestly and lovingly by exhortation. 

Comforted. So often the comforting is left almost entirely 
to the mother with Father remaining more aloof. Children need 
lots of comfort for their many hurts and adjustments they make 
through life. If a young child is not familiar with approaching 
his father, he may not turn to him for direction in the teens 
either. A good father comforts his children. 

Charged. This speaks of good teaching and of placing 
responsibility. A father can charge his children by words but 
also by example. Children need a firm hand, and should not be 
required or allowed to make decisions beyond their ability. Part 
of good training is expecting response and respect. 

As a grandfather I appreciate the diligence I see in our 
fathers with young children. You young fathers are in the heat 
of the battle in a time when Satan is attacking the family as 
never before in the history of the world. Using your place as 
leader in the home is one of the best weapons against him. 

I would encourage fathers to continue to teach with 
authority and love, and to know exactly where their children are 
and what they are doing, as much as possible. We can become 
so involved in our work or in conversation that sometimes 
children are allowed to play without much supervision. They 
need a good example like the Thessalonians needed the example 
of Paul, They need our love and attention. May God bless all 
of you fathers as you train your children for the Kingdom of 
God. --L.C. 



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BIBLICAL DOCTRINES: Eternal Security 

Security is a philosophical instinct and desire of all living 
creatures, even the animal kingdom. It is God's will for all life — 
that it would be secure and at rest— secure in respect to its 
Creator and fellow living things. 

In the beginning there was no need of fear or of being 
insecure, but when sin entered the human heart, this changed. 
Man's first response to his Creator revealed this when he said, 
"I was afraid." This proved an instinct of insecurity. Even the 
animal kingdom is suffering for their part in it. They also have 
an instinct of insecurity and are in bondage to man ailing over 
them. (Gen. 9:2) This will be removed some day. (Isa. 1 1) 

The effort to attain security in life generates one of the 
greatest businesses on earth. For most of society, security is the 
first concern; insurance premiums cannot become delinquent. 
The moment of delinquency there is no security. Then at its 
best it is quite often not sufficient. 

Man's greatest need is to be secure in God's will. God has 
provided a means of grace that all men might experience the 
blessing of being secure. When this has been perceived in the 
heart, then all other securities become of much lesser 
importance. 

Jesus is the physical act of God's grace that has appeared to 
all men. He is now the evidence of God's power through the 
Holy Spirit for man to prevail over sin and evil. But this was 
not enough to secure our salvation. When He submitted in 
giving His life, the gates of hell began to quake, but when He 
rose from the dead, hell lost its prey, and He forever secured 
eternal life for those that put their faith and trust in Him— 
declaring this by being obedient to His word. 

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. "Though he 
were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he 
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eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." (Heb. 5:8,9) We 
believe that eternal life, secured in a blessed hope, is the 
uniqueness of the Christian faith; and it is expected that all 
believers would have this. But how to express this that would 
bless, influence, and convince our fellow men is our concern. 
Many claims of salvation with words don't impress us. Maybe 
it's because the Word says, "The kingdom of God is not in 
tongue or word, but in deed and in truth." 

We are convinced that the man that has salvation is 
declaring the image of Christ in his physical behavior, and by 
this shall all men know who he is. We believe that eternal 
salvation declared by much of Christianity through history has 
been one of the most destructive forces of the Christian faith. It 
has become all the carnal man can think and conceive. This has 
all come about by Satan's method of warfare through seduction 
and false teaching, Ephesians 2:8 says, "For by grace are ye 
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of 
God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his 
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which 
God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." This 
text is used to defend unconditional eternal security— claiming 
that faith in God's grace is the ultimate expression of salvation 
and to emphasize works would annul grace. 

We believe it is possible to have good works and not have 
salvation. (I Cor. 13) We also believe it is impossible (unless 
there is not opportunity) to have salvation and not have good 
works. (James 2:17) 

Jesus is God's grace. When we have Jesus, we have 
salvation. The expression of salvation is bearing His image. To 
bear the image of Christ is the only valid testimony of eternal 
security. To bear the image of Christ removes all doubt of who 
one is. This alone will declare eternal security that is 
irrefutable. Kenneth Martin, 

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WEIGHED IN THE BALANCE 

"Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting." 
(Dan. 5:27) Ominous words indeed, especially when written on 
your palace wall by a mysterious hand during a drunken party! 
King Belshazzar was truly and justifiably frightened by this 
experience. This proud king no doubt experienced true self 
examination when the prophet Daniel interpreted this hand 
writing. The patriarch Job said (31:6), "Let me be weighed in 
an even balance, that God may know mine integrity." In God's 
plan, whether it be physical, intellectual, or spiritual, nothing 
can be out of balance with His divine plan without being 
corrected or accounted for. 

Only perfection is acceptable by God. Any imbalance must 
be corrected. Anyone who makes or repairs high speed 
machinery knows the importance of balance. It is very 
annoying if not unsafe to drive a car with unbalanced wheels. 
In business we need to balance our financial records. A diet 
that does not have the proper balance of nutrients can be 
corrected by removing or adding the proper amount to offset 
the imbalance. 

Maintaining our relationship with God and the church 
members may be a little different. The most beautiful example 
of balance is a church fellowship where all members assume 
their responsibility and in love serve the Lord and each other. 
Even in our family life, if one person shirks his duty, it means 
extra work for someone else. This principle holds tme in all 
that we do. "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and 
doeth it not, to him it is sin." (James 4:17) 

Sin is the primary weight that throws our lives off balance. 
Sin is the transgression of God's law, and one of the important 
commandments is "to love thy neighbor as thyself." When this 
commandment is transgressed by the sin of selfishness, the 
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fellowship. "Great peace have they which love thy law and 
nothing shall offend them." (Psalm 1 19:165) 

We can be thankful that God sent Jesus to earth, that He 
paid the price for sin by His death on the cross that we may 
have the means through His Holy Spirit to correct the 
imbalance that Satan's beguilement has thrown humanity into. 
When we accept Jesus as our Savior and follow His 
commandments, we can be weighed in the balances and not be 
found wanting. 

Joseph Wagner 
Modesto, California 



OLD BRETHREN ANNUAL MEETING 

Imagine with me. . . It is the mid 1700's. There are many 
Brethren from Europe in the new land (U.S.A. now). 
Compared to Europe, many parts are sparsely populated and 
life is primitive. Many have come here to escape religious 
harassment. 

A few years ago, a man named N. L. von Zinzendorf caused 
a stir among the Pennsylvania Germans. He wanted to unite all 
the German speakers into one great "church of God in the 
Spirit." Since this would entail union with those who practise 
infant "baptism" and other practises not according to the 
doctrine of Christ (although some of us attended his meetings), 
we saw this as simply erecting the old Babel again. 

So here we are gathered together on this warm Friday 
morning before Pentecost. What better time to hold a 
brotherhood meeting than at the time of the coming of the Holy 
Ghost on the Church? 

We see elders from afar. We all are able to gather in the 
house. The air is thick with the smell of wood smoke, and 
through open shutters birds can be heard singing their morning 
praises. Meetinghouses have not been in general favor amongst 



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us, so we prefer to meet in homes as did the New Testament 
believers. After all, our Brethren faith seeks to be the faith held 
by Christ and the apostles. 

A brother lines a hymn by Brother Peter Becker. It is a 
hymn of encouragement to poor pilgrims. We are German- 
speaking people, so of course, everything is conducted in that 
language. 

In the afternoon a general Brotherhood council is held. This 
year we are concerned about problems in our American 
colonies, especially its effects on us as defenseless brethren of 
the Lord. 

On Saturday evening, wax tapers softly glowing, we follow 
the example of our Saviour and wash one another's feet, eat His 
supper, and partake of the bread and cup, and sing a closing 
hymn. Sunday afternoon the brethren disperse, and once again 
the Old Brethren (The Brethren in those days often referred to 
themselves as "Old Brethren.") have been blessed in the annual 
meeting, and a good spirit prevails. 

A Brethren Annual Meeting 

Time has changed many things. Today Brethren are 
gathered in several different places because of division. Some 
fly through the sky or zoom down asphalt roads at 70 m.p.h. to 
get there. Food is cooked by electrically powered stoves and 
cookers. Clothing in the Brethren's order is often dark colored 
and made of synthetic fibres. Evening lovefeasts in most places 
are illuminated by electric lights, and ceiling fans help erase 
discomfort created by the heat of nature and large crowds. 
Soft-spoken brethren are easily heard with the aid of public 
address systems. 

But yet, even with the encroaching impersonal and alienated 
culture, things are the same. Hopefully a good spirit of love, 
goodwill, and peace prevails, cutting through the artificiality of 
an electronic age. Evening services of Communion and 
traditions surrounding it have changed little, and Brethren, 



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united in a common bond, take comfort in "one more time" 
surrounding the tables. Hospitality is everywhere evident. And 
Jesus Christ is the same Lord as He was then, and we know His 
power in our lives and midst. And that is what holds us 
together! 

History 

The origin of annual meeting among the Brethren is 
obscure. Historians often refer to 1742 as the correct (or 
accepted) date. But this is somewhat debatable. Henry Kurtz 
believed 1723 to be the time, based on various reasons which to 
this writer appear valid. Given the simplicity of organization 
and lack of record keeping among the early Brethren, Kurtz's 
date can be shown to be reasonable by a look at the present day 
among the Old Brethren. One hundred years from now 
historians may suggest that annual meetings among us ceased— 
except for notices given yearly in the Pilgrim. (There was no 
publication like this in those days.) And this would be because 
of lack of records. 

However, we do know that around 1742 meetings on an 
annual basis (Earlier ones could have been irregular and as the 
need arose.) became common . The reasons alluded to in the 
first part of this article (dealing with Zinzendorf and the 
Moravian Brethren) may have been the energy behind 
organizing a regular meeting. Eventually, if not at first, these 
meetings came to be held at Pentecost, so rich in meaning to the 
early Brethren. 

Until 1847, these meetings were held in a way not 
unfamiliar to our Old Brethren readers. Typically the Friday 
morning service was followed by a council of the brethren 
present, with Lovefeast or Communion on Saturday evening 
and the meeting dismissing in the afternoon of the Lord's Day. 
In 1847 this changed in favor of the present practise among the 
Old German Baptist Brethren: holding Lovefeast before 
council. Today their meeting is also a day longer, and to our 



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knowledge, the largest single gathering of "plain people" in the 
world, usually numbering several thousand. 

The first minutes on record date 1778. At first rather simple 
in nature, as years went on they gradually took on a somewhat 
different character and became more like church "laws." 
Inevitably for Brethren whose stated belief is that the New 
Testament is their only rule of faith and practice, this has caused 
considerable trouble (even to the present time) over how these 
minutes are to be viewed. Whether these minutes are advisory 
or obligatory has been a question at past meetings, and has been 
answered both ways. However, only as late as 1861 was the 
request granted to print a collection of annual meeting minutes. 
Brethren were beginning to think differently than they had in the 
days of Mack and Becker! 

Also notable is the development of Annual Meeting 
organization. What had originally been a simple meeting of 
elders for purposes of encouragement and unity, gradually 
became an elaborate organization of clerks, moderators, 
delegates, and committees insuring a strict organic unity and 
physically regulating it. The change was from a simple New 
Testament brotherhood to a Protestant denominational mode— 
albeit unique. 

By 1881 issues had become so heated among the Brethren 
that major schism erupted, resulting in the Old Order, 
Conservative, and Progressive branches. The lines in those 
early years of the divide were often crossed until definite 
boundaries between the groups developed. Although 
contending (and we think rightly so) for the "ancient order of 
the Brethren," the Old Order branch continued annual meeting 
in much the same manner, although district meetings were 
discontinued. 

By 1913, issues were again causing strife in the Old Order 
fraternity. The group withdrawing called themselves "Old 
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carnality and pride. One point of contention was also the 
elaborate organization of annual meeting. The Old Brethren 
held out for the simplicity of church government the early 
Brethren had maintained. At the present time, annual meeting 
among the Old Brethren is more of a time of fellowship and 
edification, (to be concluded) 

Michael Harris 

Goshen, Indiana 



IF GOD FORGOT 

If God forgot the world for just one day, 
Then little children would not laugh and play; 
Birds would not in the woodlands sing, 
And roses would not beautify the spring. 
No gentle showers throughout the summer long, 
No autumn fields to cheer the heart with song, 
No rising sun, no moon to give its light, 
No placid lake reflect the stars of night, 
No friend to help us on the toilsome road, 
No one to help us bear the heavy load. 
No light to shine upon the pilgrim way, 
No one to care or wipe the tear away. 
No listening ear to hear the lost one call, 
No eye to see the righteous battler fall. 
No balm of Gilead to dull the throbbing pain, 
No one to comfort and the heart sustain. 
Millions would die in unforgiven sin 
With none to bring the lost and straying in. 
Yea, this great universe would melt away 
If God forgot the world for just one day. 
By Elizabeth Oldengarn 
Selected by Janice Royer 



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BIRTHS 

BEERY - A daughter, Heather Elaine, born May 1 to Stephen 
and Kim Beery of Williamsport, Indiana. 

CABLE - A son, Wesley Aaron, born May 6 to Aaron and 
Arlene Cable of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. 

FLORA - A daughter, Cheyenne Desirae, born May 12 to 

Derek and Racine Flora of Nappanee, Indiana. 

BOWSER - A daughter, Kendra Kristina, born May 14 to Allen 
and Rhoda Bowser of Harrison, Arkansas. 

STALTER - A son, Moses Jethro, born May 28 to Stephen and 
Lorinda Stalter of Nappanee, Indiana. 



ADDRESS UPDATE 

Joel Royer's phone (219) 537-8147 



The Old Brethren Christian School in California needs a teacher, 
For more information call Joe Cover (209) 928-3756, Jerry 
Cover (209) 928-3442, or Ben Cover (209) 928-4036. 



PILGRIM POINTERS 

Holy Spirit, faithful Guide, Ever near the Christian's side, 
Gently lead us by the hand, Pilgrims in a desert land; 
Weary souls for e'er rejoice While they hear that sweetest voice 
Whisper softly, "Wanderer, come 
Follow me, I'll guide thee home. — M. M. Wells 
The Holy Spirit who came in power on Pentecost has 
guided the Church for nearly two millenniums. He is the same 
today and will guide honest pilgrims when they put their trust in 
Him --L.C. 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE: God Made. . . 

"Mmmmm, I smell something sweet." June said as she and 
Mother walked past the lilac bush. "What is it, Mother?" 

"It's the lilacs," Mother answered. "Here, smell this nice big 
cluster." 

June sniffed and sniffed. "It smells so good!" she said. 
"And it is pretty, too!" 

"Let's look at this lilac a bit," suggested Mother. "How 
many little flowers are in it 9 " 

June started counting, "One, two, three. . . eighteen, 
nineteen, twenty. What comes next, Mother? Twenty is as far 
as I can count, and there are so many more to count!" 

"Yes, there are," Mother agreed. "It would take a long time 
to count them, so I won't take the time now. Aren't we glad 
God made beautiful lilacs and gave them such a strong, lovely 
fragrance?" 

A little while later, June was playing in another part of the 
yard. She sniffed, then sniffed again. "Mother," she called. "I 
smell another sweet smell, but there are no lilacs here." 

Mother came over and pointed to some short stalks with 
small, white, bell-shaped flowers hanging on them. "Smell 
these," she said. "They are called lily-of-the-valley." 

"Mmmm, they do smell so good, too!" June sniffed them 
over and over. "Can we pick a bouquet of them for in the 
house?" she asked. 

"Yes, we can," Mother answered. "God made these for us 
to enjoy, too. We can enjoy them more if we have some in the 
house." 

Later that same day, June walked back the field lane with 
Daddy. All at once she stopped and sniffed. "Daddy, what do I 
smell? I don't see any lilacs or lily-of-the-valley, but I smell a 
really sweet smell." 



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Daddy chuckled. "Here is what you smell," he said going to 
a big bushy vine covered with yellowish-white flowers. "It's 
called honeysuckle, and it does smell good. Hummingbirds and 
bees really like the honeysuckle nectar." 

"God is so good to make lilacs, lily-of-the-valley, and 
honeysuckle for us to enjoy, isn't He, Daddy 9 " June said. 

"Yes, and God made us with noses to smell and eyes to see 
and feet to walk, so we could enjoy the flowers. Isn't that 
wonderful, too 9 " Daddy took another delightful sniff of the 
honeysuckle before walking away. 

June skipped at his side as they sang, "O Lord my God! 
When I in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds Thy hands 
have made. . . " 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



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VOL, 47 JULY. 2000 No. 7 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4: 14) 



HARK! THE VOICE OF JESUS CALLING 

Hark! the voice of Jesus calling: 
"Who will go and work today? 
Fields are white, the harvest waiting, 
Who will bear the sheaves away?" 
Loud and long the Master calleth, 
Rich reward He offers free; 
Who will answer, gladly saying, 
"Here am I, O Lord, send me"? 

If you cannot cross the ocean, 
And the heathen lands explore, 
You can find the heathen nearer, 
You can help them at your door. 
If you cannot speak like angels, 
If you cannot preach like Paul, 
You can tell the love of Jesus, 
You can say, He died for all. 

While the souls of men are dying, 
And the Master calls for you, 
Let none hear you idly saying, 
"There is nothing I can do." 
Gladly take the task He gives you; 
Let His work your pleasure be; 
Answer quickly when He calleth, 
"Here am I, O Lord, send me." 

Daniel March, 1816-1909 
From the Christian Hymnal 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 



JESUS CHRIST IS LORD 

Herfe at the Pilgrim we don't hear a lot about whether we 
are on course or not. We have enough response to know that 
there is appreciation for our little paper. Occasionally we hear 
suggestions and mild criticism for improvement. So to hear two 
comments in one month is unique. Both comments were 
criticism and both were in order and good. 

The first said, in effect, "You have a good little paper; it is 
appreciated, but let us have more exalting of the Lord Jesus." 
What a precious suggestion! How good it is to have a reader 
who will not only notice a need but will communicate it so that 
we may benefit! By God's grace we want to do this better in 
the future. 

Our Bibles are brimming with praise of the Savior. "Neither 
is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name 
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." 
(Acts 4:12) "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and 
given him a name which is above every name: That at the name 
of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things 
in earth, and things under the earth: And that every tongue 
should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the 
Father." (Phil. 2:9-11) 

Every sincere Christian desires that worship of our Savior 
be more abundant and real in the hearts of all. Our songs 
express this reverence so well: "There Is A Name I Love to 
Hear," "He's Everything to Me," "O Sacred Head Now 
Wounded," "One There Is Above All Others," "Jesus, Lover 
of My Soul," and hundreds more. When we believe that Jesus 
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The second criticism had to do with our historical article in 
the June issue. The reader evidently felt that in describing the 
annual meetings of our church and that of our German Baptist 
brethren, a negative inference was given. I believe that this was 
not intentional, but in recording the development of these 
meetings in the past, it is easy to give wrong impressions. If 
our fellowship were as large as some similar churches, we might 
have to make some changes in our yearly meetings. Our 
apologies go to all of our dear German Baptist readers for any 
offense given. We have no right to boast. "But God forbid that 
I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by 
whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." 
(Gal. 6:14) 

If we have a true view of the Church of Jesus Christ, we 
know that there is only one. When we belong to Him, we are 
brethren and sisters; we are in the same camp—not in 
competition in any way. 

May God open our eyes to the needs of a doomed, dying 
world. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. If 
this is not our understanding, we are missing the mission of 
Jesus Christ and His Church. 

Our first love is to our Savior. We love Him because He 
first loved us and gave Himself for us. Then we should love the 
ones He loves. He has special love for His followers, His body, 
but it does not stop there. He prayed that His Father would 
forgive those who were driving the nails into His hands and 
feet. He tells us to love our enemies and to return good for 
evil. 

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the 
world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 
3:17) It is easy to love those who love us—our families and 
close friends. But let us reach out in compassion to those who 
are loved of God-all those that Jesus died to save. Only then 
can we claim to be His true followers. -L.C. 



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DENYING SELF 

When Jesus began to teach the doctrines of the kingdom of 
God, the people were moved by the gracious words which 
proceeded out of His mouth. He was able to bless the physical 
in healing, restoring life, and feeding the multitudes. Great 
numbers followed Him until He began to reveal His purpose in 
coming into the world— to deliver man from the power of sin 
and evil. He wanted men to put their faith and trust in Him. 
The requirement was that man needed to deny self before this 
could happen. "And he said to them all, If any man will come 
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and 
follow me." (Luke 9:23) Man fell in defending self, and man 
must now deny self in coming to Christ. 

We observe the big picture of sin and evil in the world and 
see how it is gaining momentum, and man is fearful of it. He 
blames the ruling powers from the highest level to the common 
people at the grass roots of humanity in the home and in the 
church. But every soul that has not been delivered from self is 
part of the big picture. 

Christ's teaching was such that only in self denial could it 
have any effect on its hearers. Jesus taught self denial not only 
by words but in real life. He had more to deny Himself of than 
any man: "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not 
robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no 
reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was 
made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a 
man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even 
the death of the cross." (Phil. 2:6-8) He gave the world a true 
picture of self denial. 

Self denial, and what it calls us to, is a confusion of voices 
in the Christian faith: from a solitary life to a stone for a pillow; 
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Those that came to Jesus personally asking what to do to be 
saved were answered that it took self denial—not in word but in 
deed and truth in how to relate to our fellow men and how we 
hold what we think is ours. 

Denying self is an act of humility in servanthood. Denying 
self is an act of virtue that will bless its fellowmen. It opens the 
door for a relationship in community, in family, in marriage—a 
relationship that is from heaven. Denying self is what 
empowers men to live in peace with all men and holiness 
without which no man will see the Lord. 

The soul that isn't delivered from self is in bondage, and no 
man or earthly court can deliver him from it. His verdict is also 
settled in heaven. 

The church of Christ is the messenger of self denial as it 
reciprocates in it. This is what attracts us to one another. It is 
the most attractive garment any man can wear. It is the 
evidence and power of the Holy Spirit. Its main concern is the 
welfare of its companions. It is the only way the joy of the 
Lord can be expressed in truth. It is what separated the church 
from the world and its sinful pleasures. 

Self denial opens a door of welcome to our fellow men. It 
takes as much self denial for the receiver as the giver. This is 
how we become one in Christ. 

The security of self denial is a daily vigil in communing with 
God and our fellow believers— that we forsake not the 
assembling of ourselves together, that we speak often to one 
another. Love the brotherhood. "Let nothing be done through 
strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem 
other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own 
things, but every man also on the things of others." "For it is 
God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good 
pleasure." (Phil. 2:4,5 and 13) 

So let our lives and lips express 
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So let our works and virtues shine 

To prove the doctrine all divine. —Isaac Watts 

Kenneth Martin 

Nappanee, Indiana 



WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY 

So often, it seems, it is easy to dwell on the negative things. 
Our human minds easily jump to conclusions, and it is always 
easier to see the faults of others rather than our own. Of course 
we all try to be kind to others, but do we really try to succeed in 
seeing the good in others? 

One of the admonitions in our recent council meeting was 
that "We learn to see the good in each other." Really this 
shouldn't have to be hard. Are we not all striving toward the 
same goal? Do we not all want to press onward for Christ? 

A very familiar verse, but yet a vital one is Philippians 4:8: 
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever 
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things 
are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of 
good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, 
think on these things." It is not a suggestion, it is a command, 
And God's Word never gives us commands that we are not 
capable of following. This verse does not tell us what not to 
talk and think about, but it does tell us what to think about. Do 
our thoughts about each of our fellow brethren pass this test? 

In the book of Acts (18:23) it tells of Paul. "And after he 
had spent some time there, he departed. . . strengthening all the 
disciples." It does not say that he spent his time running them 
down, or criticizing them, but rather strengthening them. How 
beautiful it would be if each one of us could take that on, to 
strengthen our fellow believers! 



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John 13:35 says, "By this shall all men know that ye are my 
disciples, if ye have love one to another." It is sometimes easy 
to major on the minors and minor on the majors. This verse is 
quite simple-but so very important. In history there is record 
of many times when small, trivial issues ended up making 
division, and yet how easy it is to overlook the command of 
love. May we truly have love one to another. Not just tolerate 
each other, or just endure each other, but truly love each other. 

In I Corinthians, the love chapter, it says, "Beareth all 
things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." Love patiently 
loves, believing the best. If we do love our fellow brethren, do 
we show by our words and actions that we love and appreciate 
them? Or are we like the story of the one who said, "I love 
you, and I'll let you know if it ever changes." A kind word, an 
encouraging comment, a cheering remark will go a long way in 
brightening up another's spirit. 

Paul writes in I Thess. 3:6, "But now when Timotheus came 
from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and 
charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always. 
Therefore, brethren, we were comforted. . . by your faith." 
How wonderful it would be if we each could truly take this 
lesson to heart. 

Screws. Nails. Glue. A visiting minister recently made the 
comment that "Love is like these things that hold a building 
together." Can you imagine what would happen if suddenly all 
the screws, nails, and glue in a building were taken out? No 
matter how fine the building materials were, the result would be 
ruin. 

Whatsoever things are lovely? May we not just have the 
love that is in our minds, but the love that is deep within the 
heart. A love that doesn't delight in talking down others. A 
love that looks beyond the human failings or mistakes. A love 
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A love that is strong. A love that binds us together. For 
through this love, we can become one. 

"And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; 
that they may be one, even as we are one." (John 17:22) 
O Lord, help us to love. 

William R. Johnson 
Tuolumne, California 



GOD'S ANSWER 

This morning in church, Lloyd's theme for his sermon was 
"God's Answer." His text verse was James 1:5, "If any of you 
lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, 
and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." He told of 
situations in the Bible where men called on God and God 
brought them through, and others who proceeded without God 
and got nothing but trouble. 

Yesterday we had a situation that was out of the ordinary. 
We were sitting at the table eating lunch when our neighbor 
woman knocked on our door. She was extremely "shook up" 
and wanted to use the phone to call the sheriff. She claimed her 
boyfriend (our neighbor man) was beating her. 

We have had very little contact with these neighbors since 
they moved in about five months ago; except for a brief 
welcome and a passing wave on our way in or out, we don't see 
much of them. 

But now she was sitting in our kitchen crying and shaking 
and going on about how he had been hitting her and threatening 
to kill her. After I got her a drink of water and a cool 
washcloth, I asked if she cared if I prayed with her. She gladly 
accepted, and it seemed to go a long way in calming her. While 
we waited for the sheriff to arrive, she told us a lot about 
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She hasn't been to church in fifteen years. She has been 
divorced and has two children by different fathers and now is 
living with this man who isn't her husband, and they fight all the 
time and he hits her. . , It was a sad, hopeless story. 

Today Lloyd said God's answer is Jesus. He is the answer 
to most of this world's questions and to all of its problems. I 
wish so much that our neighbors could hear that! What a 
comfort to know the Answer! To know we have Jesus to turn 
to in every situation! 

When she left yesterday, under arrest, she asked me to pray 
for her. Somehow I hope that she can turn to the Lord and 
realize He has so much more to offer her than what she is living 
with now. 

She stressed over and over that her family won't have 
anything to do with her, and she has no friends. I told her Jesus 
is there for her and He is a Friend. I wish I could have done 
more, and I don't know if we'll ever hear from her again, but my 
prayer is that she will turn to God, finding that He has been 
there for her all along—that Jesus is the answer to her questions. 

Laura Brubaker, Tuolumne, California 



TEACH ME 

Teach me, Lord, to be sweet and gentle 

In all the events of life, 

In disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of others, 

In the insincerity of those I trusted, 

In the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied. 

Teach me to profit by the suffering that comes across my path. 

May no one be less good for having come within my influence; 

No one less pure, less kind, less noble 

For having been a fellow-traveler 

In our journey toward eternal life. 

From Suzie Wagner's collection 
Selected by Kevin and Ina Martin 



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HYMN HISTORY 

In the Cross of Christ I Glory 

A church member was overheard making excuses to his 
pastor for habitual absence from church. "But," the man 
hastened to explain, "I am always there in spirit." Replied the 
Methodist minister, "Most of my flock come in person. That 
spares me the feeling of stupidity that comes with preaching to 
a congregation of spirits." 

On a rainy Sunday in 1849 Dr. Hiscox's congregation at the 
Central Baptist Church in Norwich, Connecticut, was 
comprised mostly of "spirits." Hiscox had prepared a series of 
sermons on "The Words on the Cross," but on that day most of 
the members attended only in spirit; of the choir members, only 
Mrs. B. S. Rathbun was there in person. 

That afternoon Ithamar Conkey, the church's organist, 
pondered Dr. Hiscox's sermons on "The Words on the Cross." 
He recalled Sir John Bo wring's hymn, "In the Cross I Glory." 
The music was not very good, and was not sung with much 
enthusiasm. The words were magnificent, but for want of a 
better tune, he feared the hymn might eventually die. So while 
the rain came down that Sunday afternoon, Ithamar Conkey 
wrote a new tune for the poem. He named the composition 
"Rathbun" in honor of the lone choir member who had showed 
up in person that morning rather than sending her "spirit" to 
sing in the choir. 

In the cross of Christ I glory, 

Towering o'er the wrecks of time. 
All the light of sacred story 
Gathers round its head sublime. 
Information from A Hymn Is Bom: by Clint Bonner, 1959 Broadman Press. 
Used by permission. 

Jean Martin, Nappanee, Indiana 



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WITNESSING FOR GOD 



Our God is light; our God is love. 
He sends these both from Heaven above. 
He has designed that both should flow 
Into and through us here below. 

How great the need for Heavenly light 
In this sad place of darkest night; 
'Mid sin and war where sad hearts bleed 
For Heavenly love, how great the need. 

The need so great, the time so short, 
And every move of great import; 
How sad it is there are so few 
Who let that light and love shine through. 

We cannot change the heedless throng; 
In dark and sin they rush along, 
But we can let God's light shine through 
And spread His love by what we do. 

Through this, our God will draw from sin 
The honest heart to worship Him; 
His kingdom spreads through feeble man 
Who yields and does the best he can. 
James Beery 
Williamsport, Indiana 

BAPTISM 

Charlesta Hilty June 18, Bradford, Ohio 
May this dear young sister walk with the Lord Jesus and 
faithfully serve in the Kingdom. 



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OLD BRETHREN ANNUAL MEETING (Continued) 

The Meaning and Reason 

In Acts 15, read at every old order annual meeting, we have 
a basis for a brotherhood council meeting as held among the 
Brethren. In Jerusalem a general church council was called to 
deal with a distressing problem—what to do with Gentile 
converts. To those rooted in Judaism, and cherishing it besides, 
it was difficult to comprehend that in Christ circumcision 
availed little— only a heart that was circumcised. And so, in 
company with the whole assembly, the Jerusalem elders sent out 
a simple yet moving declaration exhorting Gentile converts to 
holiness of life and accepting them as brethren in the Lord. 

But this had to do with specific problems. Otherwise, we 
have no record of something like an "annual meeting" among 
the early believers. In fact, such organization is noticeably 
absent. How do we justify holding such? 

But neither do we have record of denominations in the 
modern sense among early believers, with some calling 
themselves "Old Greek Brethren" or "New Greek Brethren" or 
"Jewish Nazarenes" or any other man-made boundaries. Truth 
has become so blurred that we wonder if the Son of Man will 
find faith when He returns? 

And that seems to be the best reason for maintaining and 
holding an annual meeting. From the Statement of Policy (Old 
Brethren) we read its purpose is to "consider matters of general 
interest, to promote a unity of Christian faith, and also to 
formulate and unify ceremonial forms. . ." To maintain true 
faith and encourage one another in it was the reason for meeting 
in Zinzendorf s day. 

We need each other to help us keep this faith in a day when 
cultural assimilation threatens to make our love grow cold in 
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pot." As Brethren who seek to follow Christ in all things, we 
can in the spirit and reality of Acts 2 and 4 (all things in 
common), encourage one another to unity in this faith in Christ 
Jesus our Lord as interpreted by the apostles and believed by 
our early Brethren. The apostle Peter states it so eloquently 
when he writes: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal 
priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should 
shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of 
darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not 
a people, but are now the people of God. . ." (I Peter 2:9,10) 
And being a people of God, we are taught in Hebrews 10:25: 
"Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as the 
manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the 
more, as ye see the day approaching." 

And so, may we continue in one faith, one baptism, serving 
one Lord until He comes and all His people are complete. And 
if He tarries, may many more annual meetings be blessed by His 
Holy Ghost, And may love, goodwill, and unity prevail among 
all Brethren groups, and appreciation for the faith and strengths 
of one another prevail— and discord cease! 

With love and appreciation for all the Brethren, whatever 
their label 

Michael Harris, 

Goshen, Indiana 

RUN THE RACE 

Run the Race! You who are young! 
With vigor and strength burst forth; 
The Captain says "GO!" He points 
The way to heaven from earth. 

Run the Race! You who are mothers, 
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Your course is viewed by little eyes; 
Your words and conduct will attract. 

Run the Race! You fathers strong! 
Decisions often must be made; 
Your heart is Christ's! Does it show? 
To run for Him be not afraid. 

Run the Race! O Christian soul, 
Straight to Jesus Christ run true; 
The world says "No, it's much too hard, 
There's so much more in life to do." 

But if we really take a look 

At all that Christ has done and said; 

We'll better be while running strong, 

Eternal rest and life ahead. 

Lloyd Wagner 
Modesto, California 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
HAVE to ? or WANT to? 

"Oh, Mother, do we have to?" Billy wailed. 

"Please don't make us mow their yard today! We're hot and 
tired from mowing our yard, and we wanted to ride bikes this 
after noon," wheedled Larry. 

Mother smiled a bit, knowing bike-riding was just as hot and 
tiresome as mowing. "Let's talk a bit and see if we can't change 
your have-to attitude to a want-to attitude. If we can, you will 
enjoy mowing Robertson's yard just as much as you'd enjoy 
bike-riding." 

"Never!" Larry said. 



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"Impossible!" said Billy. 

Mother smiled again. "Let's see," she began. "Robertson's 
left a week ago yesterday, and they planned to be gone ten 
days. I'm sure they'll be expecting to see a very shaggy yard 
and weedy garden. They are probably already thinking about 
having to mow and work in the garden as soon as they get 
home. Wouldn't it be nice to surprise them with a tidy yard and 
garden to welcome them home?" 

"They would like that. . ." began Larry. 

At the same time, Billy said, "Hey, let's do it!" Enthusiasm 
for the job now made them forget how hot and tired they were 
five minutes ago. 

"Get a drink of cold water before you go, boys," Mother 
said. "I'll come as soon as the baby wakes up. Perhaps I can 
get their garden cleaned up before you boys have their yard 
mowed." 

After a cold drink, Billy and Larry hurried off to the 
neighbor's with the mowers. They chatted happily, and anyone 
could tell they were eager to get at the job. 

Half-an-hour later, Mother came pushing baby in the 
stroller. She had a popsicle for each boy. While they rested 
and ate the popcicles, they planned how to finish the yard. 
"You do this section, Billy. I'll do that section over there," 
Larry said. 

"Then we can both work at that orchard in the back," Billy 
decided. 

"What happened to those two tired, whiny boys that didn't 
want to mow Robertson's yard?" asked Mother. Her smile, 
though, said that she already knew the answer. 

"It's fun to surprise people," Billy said. 

"And if a job is fun, it is more play than work," Larry 
added. 

"It's all a matter of attitude, isn't it, boys?" Mother 
questioned. "Any job is much easier if it is done willingly. You 



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might want to remember that the next time you don't want to do 
a job. Find a way to change your attitude about it, and the job 
won't be nearly as dreadful." 

The boys licked their popsicle sticks clean and handed them 
to Mother. 

"Thanks, Mother," Billy said. 

"That hit the spot!" Larry said. Both boys raced to the 
mowers to willingly finish their mowing job. 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 



PILGRIM POINTERS 

Experienced travelers (pilgrims) travel light. Bad habits, 
grudges, slang speech, frowns, complaints, self pity, idle words, 
ungratefulness, and sins of any kind are extra baggage that 
pilgrims should not carry. "Take your burden to the Lord and 
leave it there." --L.C. 



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VOL. 47 AUGUST. 2000 No. 8 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 



PLASTIC CLAY 

I took a piece of plastic clay 

And idly fashioned it one day, 

And as my fingers pressed it still, 

It moved and yielded at my will. 

I came again when days were passed; 

The bit of clay was hard at last; 

The form I gave it still it bore, 

But I could change that form no more. 

I took a piece of living clay 
And gently fashioned it day by day, 
And molded with my power and art, 
A young child's soft and yielding heart. 
I came again when years were gone, 
It was a man I looked upon, 
The form I gave him still he bore, 
But I could change that form no more. 

—Author Unknown 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, C A 95379 



JESUS: PERFECT EXAMPLE 

Outside my window two hummingbirds compete for the 
privilege of drinking nectar at the feeder. They fly with 
incredible speed and use energy and work harder for their size 
than most of God's creatures. 

Earlier this morning I found an army of ants occupying our 
sink and drainboard. Here is another tiny creature that is an 
example of work and high use of energy. Proverbs 6:6 says, 
"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise." 

Though these creatures give us good examples of industry, 
our Savior is the best pattern for us in every way. He is our 
example for our work, for our rest, and for the use of all our 
time. Being our best pattern still does not overshadow the fact 
that He is our Savior. He said, "... I am come that they might 
have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." In 
discussing Jesus' habits on earth (which were perfect), let us not 
lose sight of His coming to die on the cross for us. He is our 
example but also our Savior and Lord. 

Jesus labored physically. He grew up under Joseph, a 
carpenter, who no doubt did his work by hand. Think of the 
discipline and willingness of Jesus who knew how work would 
be done centuries later. They had no electric power or 
computer-operated machines. Yet He was willing to do things 
the slow, hard way though He knew all the secrets and had all 
the resources to set Joseph up with a modern shop. 

Mark 3:20,21 tells of the multitudes making such a demand 
on Jesus' strength and time that "they could not so much as eat 
bread." His friends heard of this and said, "He is beside 
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how little time He had to do it. In John 17:4 He prayed to the 
Father: "I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do." 

Jesus labored in prayer. The night before He chose His 
twelve apostles, "He went out into a mountain to pray, and 
continued all night in prayer to God." Was He agonizing about 
choosing Judas? Did He see the reluctance, the weaknesses, the 
unbelief, the carnality in His disciples (and in us)? Was He 
praying for all His chosen ones including us? In John 17:9 
speaking of His disciples of that time, He said, "I pray for 
them." Then in verse 20, "Neither pray I for these alone, but 
for them also which shall believe on me through their word." 
Thank You, Jesus, for praying for me. 

Jesus labored in prayer in Gethsemane. It wasn't hot 
summertime, and likely it was a cool evening in Jerusalem. But 
His prayer was so earnest that "his sweat was as it were great 
drops of blood falling down to the ground." His disciples slept. 

Jesus knew how to rest and how to give us rest After 
Herodias and Herod had beheaded John the Baptist, Jesus 
called His apostles, "Come ye yourselves apart into a desert 
place and rest awhile." Reading carefully, we find that they had 
just returned after Jesus had sent them out "by two and two" to 
preach and heal and cast out devils. Jesus knew they needed 
rest and assurance. It was about that time also that Jesus made 
this invitation to all: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are 
heavy laden, and I will give you rest." 

Possibly we in our time and country have been urged too 
much to work hard. Wages are good; times are prosperous. 
Labor produces the things that we humanly desire. But as in 
other Christian experiences, we need balance and moderation. 
Jesus said (John 6:27), "Labour not for the meat which 
perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, 
which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God 
the Father sealed." This He said when so many followed Him 
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multitudes! They lacked both spiritual and natural food. We 
have all the food we can eat and are even guilty of wasting. 
They followed Jesus because they were hungry. But both the 
hungry and the affluent need to know that there is "meat which 
endureth unto everlasting life." He tells us, "Except ye eat the 
flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in 
you." (John 6:53) How we need Him for spiritual life! 

Work is important— vital to our livelihood. But let us 
remember Proverbs 4:7: ". . . With all thy getting get 
understanding." Understand what Jesus did for us. Study His 
life and then remember: "All the way to Calvary He went for 
me!" "O to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer!" -L.C. 



BIBLICAL DOCTRINES 

Nonconformity: The Mind of Christ 

War was declared between God and Satan. This took place 
in heaven. "Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; 
and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; 
neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the 
great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, 
and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out 
into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I 
heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, 
and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his 
Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which 
accused them before our God day and night. . . And the dragon 
was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the 
remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, 
and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Revelation 12:7- 
10,17) 

We are thankful heaven is cleansed from the power of 
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night, and that Christ is now at the throne of God— an 
interceding advocate for all those that keep the commandments 
of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. 

This knowledge moves us to action in hearing His 
testimony. He is the light of the world, and He calls us to be 
the same. Jesus declared the holiness of God and the 
wickedness of the world, which is the battlefront between God 
and Satan. 

The testimony of Jesus Christ is "A friend in the world but 
not of the world." Therefore the world knows us not because it 
knew Him not. As we communicate with the world, we 
experience alienation because our spirits cannot blend, and 
rightly so because the spirit of the world is not compatible with 
the mind of Christ. To have the mind of Christ is proof of the 
greatest victory ever won in man and is the only victory that has 
eternal value. 

Non-conformity comes in many forms. It is an act of 
confirmation that separates itself from its environment. The 
security in sound doctrine is to have the mind of Christ. The 
apostle Paul declares it this way: "I beseech you therefore, 
brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a 
living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your 
reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but 
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may 
prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of 
God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man 
that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he 
ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath 
dealt to every man the measure of faith." (Romans 12:1-3) 
Also see I John 2:15-17. 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



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THANK YOU 

My thoughts have been with the older generation the last 
while. As I see you getting older and the rigors of life wearing 
your bodies down, it becomes clearer all the time, that you 
won't always be with us. I begin to more fully realize what you 
mean and have meant to my life. 

It seems the tendency is for older people to become 
discouraged and have doubts and fears about God's promises to 
His own. No doubt this is the work of Satan knowing he has 
but a short time. My desire with this letter is to be an 
encouragement to you, as you have been to me many times. 

In looking back over my past life and heritage, I realize I 
have many reasons to thank and praise God for what I have 
been given. For as long as I can remember, many of you have 
been a part of the directing of my life. So when I look at the 
favorable situation I find myself and my family in and see all the 
problems, quarreling, and struggles many others are caught in, I 
can say with all my heart the words of the psalmist David 
(16:6), "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I 
have a goodly heritage." I know first of all, I have God to 
thank, but I also want to thank you who have been followers of 
Christ and an example to us. We have in Hebrews 1 1, a list of 
heroes of faith. I could add a number of names to that list that 
would fit the requirements. 

When I see the godly families you raised—many of your 
children, my associates since childhood, people whom I enjoy 
working with in the church, school, and community— my heart 
says, "Thank you." It gives me hope, courage, and 
determination by God's grace to try to do the same with my 
family. 

Having grown up with your children and coming in contact 
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sincere desire to do God's will and your duty without pretence 
or hypocrisy, even when slandered at times for it. May my life 
be art example of the same. 

I'm impressed more all the time with the swiftness of time, 
and how fast children grow up these days; also how soon it is 
that parents become grandparents. It drives home the fact that 
it won't be long till the previous generation begins to cross over, 
possibly leaving us behind. 

So again I want to express my gratitude now for what 
you've given by worthy deed and example. Don't let the 
declining years of your life and labors become a 
discouragement. . The best is yet to come. 

Recently I've noticed the story of John the Baptist in 
relation to doubts and the end or later years of people's lives. 
Certainly John was a man of God— a man moved by God's Spirit 
even before he was born. Jesus said that among those born of 
women, there was not a greater prophet than John. He said he 
was more than a prophet. John was a great man of God 
preparing the way for the Savior of the world, boldly preaching 
the truth, even though it landed him in prison. John said of 
Jesus, "He must increase, but I must decrease." 

But as long as there is opportunity, the adversary is not 
going to give up. So we see John in prison thinking of his life 
and where he is now, and doubts begin to grow. Yes, he knows 
God gave him a sign, that on whomsoever he saw the Spirit 
descend and remain, the same is the Messiah. He says in John 
1:34, "And I saw, and bear record that this is the Son of God." 
Yet from prison we see him sending two of his disciples to 
Jesus asking (Luke 7:20), "Art thou he that should come? or 
look we for another?" Jesus answered, "Go your way, and tell 
John what things ye have seen and heard. . . and blessed is he 
whosoever shall not be offended in me." 

I like to believe that gave John courage to face the end of 
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miracles and blessings the Lord has wrought in and by your 
lives, and don't be offended or discouraged if the adversary's 
access to you is not taken away till life is done. 

I would just encourage you to keep on serving the Lord, 
"and let the peace of God rule in your hearts. . ." (Col, 3:15) 
claiming His promises for yourselves to the end. Your 
continued, faithful example is needed by us all. 

I would like to close this letter with the blessing of Israel to 
you (Num. 6:24-26): "The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The 
Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee 
peace." 

With love, 

Neil Martin, New Paris, Indiana 



OUR GOD: CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE; 
REDEEMER OF OUR SOULS 

By the mercies of God, I will present my body a living 
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is my reasonable 
service. And I will not conform to this world but be 
transformed by a renewing of the mind, that I might prove what 
is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For b being 
created by Him, in His likeness, with His Spirit, should I not be 
a witness unto Him for His glory. Or what think ye, do I have 
reason to rejoice, seeing that I continually fail and fall short of 
attaining unto perfection by my own strength? But God, by His 
grace, is able and willing to forgive my sins through a repentant 
heart and a desire to rise above iniquity. For what folly it is that 
I should think that of my own strength I could enter into life 
and have peace in my heart without first understanding the will 
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Oh foolish men, to think that you can find happiness without 
God or that you are able to have fulfillment without the love of 
God. For our Creator made us in His likeness with a special 
method of happiness that cannot be attained out of His will. 
How is man to understand that true happiness is found by 
sacrificial love that others might know joy? One does not find 
happiness by thinking about his own wants but by looking for 
ways to fulfill others' needs. For this is not a life of bondage as 
carnal men would have you believe, for they, because of their 
blindness, are unable to see through the eyes of faith. There is 
no happiness, save but a fleeting moment of illusion, in focusing 
on ones own pleasure and trying to fulfill all that the carnal man 
desires. Happiness is found only in the love of Christ and the 
desire to give all to His will and seeking ways to encourage our 
fellow man. 

It is utter folly of mankind to think that all that is about us is 
but a coincidence and that it did not happen at the Creator's 
command. Blind are those who think that millions of years 
could bring all things into perfect unison as the Lord has 
designed. Seeing then that there is no way to disprove the 
beautiful story of creation, and as believers in God and His love 
of mankind, do we not owe Him everything, including our very 
souls and beings? We must accept God as the omnipotent 
Creator of this world, the One who was before time and the 
One who will be beyond time. And why should we doubt 
seeing the proof that scholars have been unable to destroy? 
Who are we that we should say that God did not exist before 
time, seeing we are created by Him? Does the cabinet say to 
the cabinetmaker, "You did not build me; I just happened by 
coincidence"? Those who will build upon this fact: that God 
being immortal, created the universe and those who dwell 
therein, will have a foundation unshakable. 

Knowing that God is real and that He is the Creator of the 
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understanding. Now we can together understand the blessings 
of God through His Son Jesus Christ, the cornerstone of the 
church. For after the creation of mankind, evil sprang up, and 
man was deceived by the devil The devil is the enemy of truth 
and would have men in darkness that they would not believe 
and be saved from damnation to come and to be in bondage to 
sin in this life. After much patience with mankind and assuring 
the continuing of life by Noah, God destroyed all living things 
with a great flood. Afterwards He gave us the promise that He 
would not destroy the earth again until the end of time when it 
will burn up in fire to the damnation of those who do not 
believe. Again mankind was unable to keep the commands of 
God and continually sinned before God. Then God being 
moved with compassion sent His only Son that by the willing 
death of Jesus on the cross, we might have access through 
grace, into the Kingdom of God. So now we can come to the 
throne of grace, unto the forgiveness of sins and justification by 
the blood of Jesus. For God saw that mankind was not able, 
because of his unbelief, to live righteously by a set of laws of 
which to fail was to be condemned to death. So now upon the 
truth that God is the Creator of the universe and that His only 
Son Jesus Christ willingly came to earth and suffered and died 
for the atonement of our sins, we have access unto our Creator 
and the promise of salvation. We that believe and daily 
communicate with our Savior are now one body with many 
members, built on this unshakable foundation and filled with 
love for one another, united unto one cause, to be a fit bride of 
Christ for eternal glory with Him. May we honor Him as Savior 
and Lord by obedience to His Word. 

John L. Beery 
Williamsport, Indiana 

All children are a gift from God, and they should be treated 
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HYMN HISTORY: Safe in the Arms of Jesus 

When Fanny Jane Crosby was six weeks old, in May, 1820, 
she caught a cold, and a country doctor unwittingly prescribed a 
hot mustard poultice for her inflamed eyes. The result was total 
blindness for life. Resigned to the verdict that her eyesight 
could never be restored, Fanny Crosby turned her handicap into 
an asset. She declared that her blindness was a blessing, for, 
not being disturbed by things about her, she could more easily 
write her poems. She said too that by being blind on earth, 
when her sight was restored in heaven, the first sight her eyes 
would behold would be that of her "blessed Savior." 

Fanny devoted a large portion of her long life to creating 
gospel hymn-poems. Her total is estimated to have passed the 
nine thousand mark. Among them are "Pass Me Not, O Gentle 
Savior," "Rescue the Perishing," "Jesus, Keep Me Near the 
Cross," "Blessed Assurance," "Close to Thee," and "All the 
Way My Savior Leads Me." 

The career of Frances Jane Crosby Van Alstyne closed on 
February 12, 1925. She had known happiness. And she had 
known sorrow. Her only child had died in infancy. Her blind 
musician-husband, with whom she had happily shared a quarter 
of a century, had long since passed on. At Fanny's flineral her 
own hymns were sung including "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." 

Safe in the arms of Jesus, 

Safe on His gentle breast, 

There by His love o'ershaded, 

Sweetly my soul shall rest. 

Hark! 'tis the voice of angels 

Borne in a song to me, 

Over the fields of glory, 

Over the jasper sea. 

Information from A Hymn Is Bom by Clint Bonner. 1 959 Broadnian Press. Used by 
permission. 

Jean Martin, Nappanee, Indiana 



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CHRISTIAN SCHOOL VIEWS 

For Such a Time 

In the busyness of our lives, we can become so involved in 
the problems and stresses of the present that we tend to lose 
our long-range vision. Although we all believe that God has 
called us to fill the places where we are, we often forget that we 
are involved in kingdom work, no matter what our 
responsibility or position is. 

Teachers may become discouraged by the lack of response 
from their students. They may question themselves, "Why did I 
ever agree to teach this year?" Parents may struggle with 
feelings of inadequacy, or become frustrated trying to find time 
to do all that needs to be done to provide for their family. At 
times we all are tempted to think that our circumstances are 
bringing us into a crisis that we are unable to do anything about. 

At such times we need a Mordecai to remind us that we 
have been called "for such a time as this." We must be 
convinced that God has placed us where we are for a purpose. 
He knew, long before you did, all about the first grader who 
still tries to guess his words instead of sounding them out. 
Before the Creation, He knew which parents could handle the 
special-needs child that He placed in your home. He knows and 
cares about our feelings of inadequacy, our busy schedules, and 
our desire to keep right priorities so that we can give our 
children the individual attention they need. And we have been 
called for such a time as this. 

I doubt that Esther marched boldly into the presence of the 
king, even though she went willingly. So we also must 
recognize our insufficiency. We must remember that God's 
strength is made perfect in our weakness. He works through 
earthen vessels so that the excellency of the power will be of 
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But He does work through us! He has called us for this 
moment in time. Be faithful! 

By Jonathan Reinford in The Christian School Builder 



HIS WAY IS BEST 

Sometimes, when all life's lessons have been learned, 

And sun and stars forevermore have set, 

The things which our weak judgement here have spurned, 

The things o'er which we grieved with lashes wet, 

Will flash before us, out of life's dark night 

As stars shine more in deeper tints of blue, 

And we see how all God's plans were right, 

And how what seemed reproof was love most true. 

And if, sometimes commingled with life's wine, 
We find the wormwood, and rebel and shrink, 
Be sure a wiser hand than yours or mine 
Pours out this potion for our lips to drink. 
And if some friend we love is lying low 
Where human kisses cannot reach their face, 
Oh, do not blame the loving Father so! 
But wear your sorrow with obedient grace. 

And you shall shortly know that lengthened breath 
Is not the sweetest gift God sends His friend, 
And that sometimes the sable pall of death 
Conceals the fairest bloom His love can send. 
If we could push ajar the gates of life 
And stand within and God's own working see, 
We could interpret all this doubt and strife, 
And for each mystery would find the key. 






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But not today. Then be content, poor heart! 
God's plans, like lilies, pure and white unfold; 
We must not tear the close shut leaves apart: 
Time will reveal the hidden cups of gold. 
And when through patient toil we reach the land 
Where weary feet, with sandals loose, may rest; 
Then we shall know and clearly understand; 
I know that we shall say, "God knows best." 

Found among Aunt Susie Wagner's writings. 
Selected by Joseph E. Wagner 

BAPTISM-California Congregation 

Mary Laurenzi — July 2, Salida, California 
We pray that this dear sister may be a faithful member of the 
Church of Jesus Christ. 



BIRTHS 
BLOCKER - A daughter, Rose Marie, born July 20 to Craig 
and Linda Blocher of New Paris, Ohio. 

OBERHOLZER - A son, Lance Edison, born July 24 to Shane 
and Beth Ann Oberholzer of Goshen, Indiana. 



DIRECTERY UPDATE 

Chris Crawmer 6002 Blue Gum Ave. 
Modesto, CA 95358 

(209)524-7510 

Mary Laurenzi 1403 1 Jacksonville Rd. 
Jamestown, CA 95327 
(209) 984-4984 



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FOR YOUTH 

Christian Youth 

In our homes and churches today, 
May we have youth that work and pray; 
That always seek to do God's will 
And aren't content by being still 

May we have youth that learn and grow, 
More of God's will and way to know; 
Youth that will always stand the test, 
To do the right and leave the rest; 

Youth that aren't wise in their own eyes, 
That never kindness do despise, 
That can be friends with one and all 
And do good deeds however small; 

Youth that don't always have to play 
And do what all the others say; 
Youth that will find great contentment in 
Yielding to God and not to sin; 

Youth that their parents do respect, 
That can be told when not correct, 
And will accept with much delight 
When told that they are not quite right. 

These are the kind of youth we need— 
The kind that know and live their creed. 

Regina Bayer 

Dayton, Ohio 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Little Bad Habits 

"Next week I'll clean my room right, but Dolly was so much 
fun, and now it's supper time, so I'll just put everything in the 
toy box and under the dresser where Mama won't see," thought 
Anna, not wanting to get punished. 

"Tomorrow I'll try hard but just for one more day I'll just 
get it out of the way. It's so much more fun coloring!" she 
thought as she hurriedly scribbled answers to her math work. 
She knew some were wrong, but from tomorrow on she'd do 
better. 

"Oh look! It's 9:30 already, and I can't even keep my eyes 
open! Why didn't I read my Bible and pray this morning like I 
planned? I'll read twice as long tomorrow!" All day she had 
planned to. . . later, yet never did she really spend much time 
alone with God. 

Little bad habits grow up with you. A lot of the things that 
make me sad now come from little bad habits I had as a child. 
God loves you very much and deserves your very best. Start 
now to do all things "heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto 
men." (Col. 3:23) Martha Wagner, Gettysburg, Ohio 



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VOL. 47 SEPTEMBER, 2000 No. 9 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 



THE HOURGLASS 

Alas! How swift the moments fly! 

How flash the hours along! 

Scarce here, yet gone already by— 

The burden of a song; 

See childhood, youth, and manhood pass. 

And age with furrowed brow; 

Time was—time shall be-- drain the glass, 

But where in time is nowl 

Time is the measure but of change, 

No present hour is found; 

The past, the future, fill the range 

Of time's unceasing round. 

Where then is nowl In realms above, 

With God's atoning Lamb, 

In regions of eternal love. 

Where sits enthroned "I AM." 

Then, pilgrim, let thy joys and tears 
On time no longer lean, 
But henceforth all thy hopes and fears, 
From earth's affections wean. 
To God, let votive accents rise; 
With truth— with virtue live; 
So all the bliss that time denies. 
Eternity shall give. 

--John Quincy Adams 



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Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
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MARAUDER AT LARGE 

"The deer must have been in the garden again last night. 
Look at these tomato vines. We won't have much of a crop this 
year." My wife was lamenting an almost nightly occurrence 
when deer leaped over our fence and ate as they were inclined 
on the delicate shoots of our vegetables. As I examined the 
damage, I found my new ruby grape vines nipped back to nearly 
bare stems. It wasn't the first time. These grapes had been 
ravaged before, and I had strung yet another wire to make the 
fence even higher. But the damage continued as the marauders 
found still another weak place in our fence. 

The devil is at large. He is worse than a deer nipping grape 
vines. Peter wrote that he, "as a roaring lion, walketh about, 
seeking whom he may devour." This character is not interested 
in destroying our gardens but in devouring us. Peter writes to 
be sober and vigilant and to resist him steadfast in the faith. 

One of our hymns (number 1 16) has this verse: 
And while the hours in order flow, 
O Christ, securely fence 
Our gates beleaguered by the foe, 
The gate of every sense. 

Is this how the adversary has access to us? By our senses? 
John Bunyan in The Holy War writes of the eye gate and the ear 
gate where Satan makes war to gain entrance. 

We have only one key to victory over this crafty one, but 
this key always works. It is refuge in Jesus Christ. In Psalm 91 
the writer has this assurance: "He is my refuge and my fortress: 
my God; in him will I trust." Psalm 61:3: "For thou hast been 
a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy." 



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In the gardens and vineyards of Israel, they often built a 
tower. (See Matthew 21:33) This tower was a place from 
which one could watch to protect their valuable produce from 
wild animals and thieves. Song of Solomon 2:15 describes one 
of these culprits: "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil 
the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." Of course, the 
verse is figurative, but the writer used a danger that was well 
understood. 

Our vines, too, have tender grapes. Our children are often 
exposed to Satan's tricks through what they see and hear. Jesus 
said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto 
me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Our Christian 
schools, in session again, provide opportunity for teaching 
about the Savior. But school cannot replace the home. Jesus is 
our refuge and protection, and children are invited to come and 
know the Savior. They are easy believers— both of the truth and 
the multitude of falsehoods being told today. (As a child, I used 
to think that anything written was true.) Children can be shown 
the Lord Jesus in Bible teaching, by good example, and by 
songs of praise to Him. I was warmed today when a child told 
me they had a Bible story and worship every evening at home. 
Only in Jesus Christ is there protection, safety, and victory. 

Our personal lives are also exposed targets for the enemy. 
He wants to keep us so occupied with "the world" and all its 
busy-ness that we fail in Bible reading and in time spent on our 
knees. We forget to be encouragers to those in despair or 
sorrow. We don't take time to patiently teach our children. We 
become irritated at those who need to see Christian virtues 
shining in our lives. 

Satan may not kill the vines, but only nip them back, 
keeping them from bearing fruit. Jesus said, "Abide in me, and 
I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except ye 
abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." 



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Let us, like our children, simply believe the promises of our 
Lord Jesus and trust His protecting hand. He said, "In the 
world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have 
overcome the world." — L.C. 



BIBLICAL DOCTRINES 
Justification 

Before the human heart can relate to justification, it needs 
to understand the need for it. Man has alienated himself from 
God's will and acceptance. We of ourselves are helpless to 
change the matter by any good thing we might do or say. 

The only source of knowledge of where God is and man's 
relationship to Him is in the Holy Scriptures. They give the 
account of creation— the earth including plants, animals, and 
man. It also gives the historical account of a little over four 
thousand years of history. 

Man, created in God's own image, was the crowning point 
in creation. The beautiful earth was created for man's pleasure 
and habitat. The planted earth itself is a testimony of its 
Creator and holds man accountable to Him for who God is. 
"Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; 
for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of 
him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being 
understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power 
and Godhead; so ..that they are without excuse: Because that, 
when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither 
were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their 
foolish heart was darkened." (Rom. 1:19-21) This is the lot of 
every soul that comes into the world. This is not the spirit God 
has created us with, but man fell when he chose to disobey God 
soon after he was created. His choice affected all his posterity. 

The Scriptures are clear that man, in himself, is powerless to 
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to justify man, but to make man aware of God's nature and 
holiness. The depth of man's fall is more than physical. But the 
soul and spirit can be (and is) justified by God's gift of His only 
begotten Son to die in our stead. This has the potential to 
justify every living soul that has lived and will live on the earth. 

The requirement is that man acknowledge this gift through 
faith and express it by word and deed. This is justification. Any 
act of man outside of this faith, however righteous it might be, 
is idolatry. Every act that is not of faith is sin. This is what the 
Gospel is all about; it reveals a righteousness that comes from 
faith. 

Satan takes advantage of the doctrine of justification by 
claiming it is not of works lest any man should boast. This is a 
true statement, but, taken out of context, it has deceived 
multitudes. 

"For if we sin willfully after that we have received the 
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for 
sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery 
indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that 
despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three 
witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he 
be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of 
God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he 
was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the 
Spirit of grace?" (Heb. 10:26-29) 

Kenneth Martin, 
Nappanee, Indiana 



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JESUS CHRIST. One We Cannot Ignore 

We might not like to think of it in this way, but Jesus Christ 
is one we cannot ignore: because of who He was and is; 
because He holds the destiny of our souls in His hand. 

Christ made Himself of no reputation. He "took upon him 
the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and 
became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a 
name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus 
every knee should bow. . . And that every tongue should 
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the 
Father." (Phil. 2:7-11) 

We must be aware that before coming to earth, Jesus Christ 
stood on the edge of time and spoke the world into being. 
Christ is not someone false or imaginary; He is the Son of God 
who came to earth in the form of a man. "And the Word 
(Christ) was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld 
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of 
grace and truth." (John 1:14) "He was in the world, and the 
world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came 
unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as 
received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of 
God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:10-12) 

It may seem strange that the Babe who was born in 
Bethlehem and wrapped in swaddling clothes and cradled in His 
mother's arms was none other than the Creator of the universe 
come to earth in the form of a man. "All things were made by 
him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." 
(John 1:3) God "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his 
Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also 
he made the worlds." (Heb. 1 :2) 



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What mission did Christ have to fulfill? First, He came to 
bring us the forgiveness of sins. When Adam and Eve rebelled 
against God's authority and rule in the Garden, God could have 
walked away and allowed their damnation to stand. He could 
have allowed them to stumble into perdition without mercy or 
hope. But because of the love that He had for man, God gave a 
plan to rescue him from his fallen estate. God told Adam and 
Eve that the penalty for their disobedience would be death, 
death spiritually, physically, and eternally, and when they 
ignored God's command and partook of the forbidden fruit in 
spite of what God said, they incurred a debt they could not 
repay. So their only hope was that someone would die in their 
place to rescue them from the penalty of sin. God could not 
simply forgive man's sin and be done with it, because He is not 
only merciful; He is also just. His righteousness would not 
allow Him to overlook sin. Either man would have to die for 
the sins he had committed or someone else would have to die in 
his place. So only when justice was done would God be able to 
forgive man's sin without violating His righteousness. God sat 
upon His judgment throne and passed the heaviest penalty the 
law could allow upon sin. No matter how much God loved 
man, He was forced to bring down the gavel of death. His 
justice wouldn't allow Him to do less. God loved man so 
deeply that He came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ and 
paid off man's debt Himself Christ "appeared to put away sin 
by the sacrifice of himself." (Heb. 9:26) ". . . He by the grace of 
God (tasted) death for every man." (Heb. 2:9) 

When Christ cried out from the cross, "It is finished!" He 
was announcing for time and eternity that man's debt of sin was 
paid. God could now forgive man's sin— not at the expense of 
His righteousness, but in perfect keeping with it. Christ came 
to resolve man's problem of sin by dying in his place. "... The 
Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and 
to give his life a ransom for many." (Mat. 20:28) "But God 



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commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet 
sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom. 5:8) "For Christ also hath 
once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might 
bring us to God. . ." (I Peter 3: 18) 

Christ came also to win back the love and devotion of our 
hearts. God has always wanted the devotion of man's heart. 
Yes, Christ expressed God's desire for this when He said the 
first and greatest commandment was "Thou shalt love the Lord 
thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy 
mind." Christ expressed His own desire for this when He said, 
"He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of 
me, and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not 
worthy of me." The reason God sent Christ to earth was not to 
save us from perdition but to win back the allegiance of our 
hearts, because that is what God treasures more than anything 
else, and this is what Christ came to recover. Christ said, "If ye 
love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15) "And why 
call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" 
(Luke 6:46) "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, 
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the 
will of my Father which is in heaven." (Mat. 7:21) 

The re-establishment of God's rule in our hearts is at the 
very center of our salvation. Forgiveness and obedience also go 
together. Christ said that on judgment day many are going to 
say "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name. . . and in 
thy name done many wonderful works?" But His answer is, "I 
never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matt. 
7:22-23) Christ's call to salvation is also a call to discipleship, 
and this is where man usually begins backing away. We don't 
want Christ interfering with our lives. The thing that separates 
those who are Christ's from those who are not is not simply that 
one believes the right thing about Christ and the other does not, 
or that one has said the right prayer and the other has not. The" 
difference runs much deeper than that. What separates those 



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who are Christ's from those who are not is that one has 
forsaken his sin, and the other has not; or that one has given 
Christ the allegiance of his heart, and the other has not. So one 
has entered into a personal relationship with Christ, and the 
other has not. When the terms of discipleship are presented, it 
drives people away from Christ. Naturally we want to draw as 
many to Him as possible. But Christ never down played the 
high cost of discipleship so greater numbers would follow Him. 
He wasn't carried away with the enthusiasm of those that 
thronged about Him. And it really put a damper on their 
enthusiasm. For He said, "Straight is the gate, and narrow is 
the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." 

Christ didn't give discipleship a soft feel so more people 
would' be attracted to it. He encouraged people rather to count 
the cost carefully before committing themselves to it. He said 
no one would build a tower without first counting the cost to 
see if he had sufficient resources to finish it. So neither should 
anyone commit himself to discipleship without carefully 
counting the cost. "No man, having put his hand to the plough, 
and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62) 

It's not the idea of forgiveness which causes people to turn 
Christ aside. Who wouldn't want forgiveness if nothing else 
were involved? It's the thought of Lordship that causes people 
to back away. People do not want Christ interfering with their 
lives. They want to be free to live as they please. Sooner or 
later everyone has to decide what they are going to do with 
Jesus, whether to embrace Him as Savior and Lord or turn Him 
away. And on this decision hangs our eternal destiny. "And 
this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this 
life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that 
hath not the Son of God hath not life." (I John 5:1 1,12) When 
judgment day arrives, Christ is going to separate those who are 
His from those who are not His. And to those who are His, He 
will say "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom 



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prepared for you from the foundation of the world. . ." And to 
those who are not His, He will say, "Depart from me, ye cursed 
into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. . . " 
(Matt. 25:34-41) 

So now it comes down to this: What will we do with Jesus? 
We cannot be neutral. Someday our heart will ask, "What 
will He do with me?" We can't ignore Jesus Christ. 

Lloyd Flora 

Flora, Indiana 



BEHOLD THE MAN! 

A restaurateur in Britain, Emil Mettler, had a policy of 
giving free meals to full-time Christian workers. But once he 
did have occasion to open his cash register in the presence of 
the secretary of the London Missionary Society. The secretary 
was surprised to see a six-inch nail among the bills and coins. 
"Why do you have a nail with your money?" he asked. 

"I keep the nail with my money to remind me of the price 
Christ paid for my salvation and of what I owe Him in return," 
Emil explained. 

We may have other ways of remembering Christ's sacrificial 
death. But in one way or another, we should do as John 19:5 
says, "Behold the man!" Take a few minutes to behold His 
appearance in the last few hours before His death on the cross. 
1. Behold the purple robe. Jesus appearing in a purple robe is 
the context of Pilate's invitation to look. "Then came Jesus 
forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And 
Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!" (John 19:5). Jesus 
quietly bore their mockery of giving Him a kingly robe while 
treating Him like dirt. Do I put a royal robe on Christ with my 
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2. Behold the crown of thorns. See the trickles of blood from 
gashes caused by the thorns. Is my Sovereign that in name 
only, and do my actions bring Him more pain because of 
pretense? 

3. Behold His back. It is scourged, lacerated, bleeding. His 
skin was cut to ribbons to make us whole. As Isaiah 53:5 says, 
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for 
our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and 
with his stripes we are healed." Do I appreciate His sufferings 
for me, or do I turn my back on Him? 

4. Behold His eyes. They are filled with compassion and tears, 
not for Himself, but for those He is dying to save. They are still 
glistening from His weeping over Jerusalem a little earlier. 
Have my eyes wept for my sins, in sympathy with those who 
weep, and in gratitude for salvation? 

5. Behold His face. "And when they had blindfolded him, they 
struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is 
it that smote thee?" (Luke 22:64). Isaiah 50:6 intimates that 
hair had been torn from His beard. And Isaiah 53:14 says, "His 
visage was so marred more than any man." He turned the other 
cheek and laid down His life. Do I turn the other cheek in the 
spirit of true nonresi stance, following Christ's example? 

6. Behold His shoulders. No doubt they were scraped, red, 
and bruised from carrying the heavy, rough cross. Do I hear 
my cross daily? 

7. Behold His lips. Those lips spoke words of forgiveness, 
"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." They 
spoke words of assurance. "To day thou shalt be with me in 
paradise." They spoke words of commitment. "Father, into thy 
hands I commend my spirit." Do my lips echo His forgiveness, 
hope, and commitment? 

8. Behold His hands. Gaze reverently at those hands pierced 
by nails like the one in the restaurant cash drawer. Hands that 
blessed toddlers, touched the leper, raised the sick, blessed the 



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bread, restored Malchus' ear, and washed His servants' feet. Do 
my hands bless and serve others? 

9. Behold His feet. Those feet walked the dusty paths of 
Palestine to bring good tidings of peace. Those feet walked to 
Jerusalem in obedience knowing full well that a merciless spike 
would fasten them to the cross. Are my feet shod with the 
preparation of the Gospel of peace? Do they walk in 
obedience? for they "should follow his steps" (1 Peter 2:21). 

10. Behold His side. His side was pierced to bring us peace 
through the blood of the cross. He died to bring us life. Does 
my body give evidence of being dead to sin and alive to God? 

There was once a Roman lady of high birth and 
background. She was single. "No one shall ever win my hand 
in marriage unless he gives me proof that he would die for me." 
she said. Years passed, and one day, along a Roman street, she 
listened to a persecuted Christian talking about his Lord, 
holding up Jesus Christ for those around him to see. As she 
listened and beheld Jesus, she decided: "Here is one who has 
died for me; to Him alone shall my heart's love be devoted 
forever." 

By Howard Bean 
Selected by Herman Royer from Companions. 

HYMN HISTORY 
What a Friend We Have in Jesus 

Joseph Scriven was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1820. He 
was educated on the Emerald Isle and graduated from Dublin's 
Trinity College. He was engaged to be married to an Irish lass; 
then tragedy struck. The day before the wedding Scriven's 
bride-to-be was accidentally drowned. Joseph suffered a shock 
that was to go with him the rest of his life. 

At the age of 25, Scriven migrated to Canada in the hope of 
forgetting. But he never forgot. Ten years later Scriven's 
mother fell .ill and he wrote a poem to comfort her. He called it 



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"What a Friend We Have in Jesus." For 40 years the grief- 
stricken Irishman associated himself with the underprivileged 
and poor of Lake Rice and Port Hope, Canada. He lived 
around among his friends, since he didn't have a home of his 
own. He sought out orphans whom he might help. He sawed 
wood and did patch carpentry for widows. But he never 
worked for those able to pay. Some said he was eccentric or 
strange. Whatever people might have thought, Joseph Scriven 
devoted his life to helping those less fortunate than he. 

The poem Scriven had written to comfort his mother was 
not intended to be a hymn. He hadn't meant for anybody else to 
see it. We don't know how the poem first got into print. Its 
first use as a hymn was in 1865. It was sung for ten years 
before the people of Lake Rice even knew their townsman had 
written it. But one day an attending neighbor found the 
manuscript copy in the room where Joseph Scriven lay ill. 
When asked if he had written the then popular hymn, he replied 
that he and the Lord wrote it "between" them. 

What a friend we have in Jesus, 
All our sins and griefs to bear! 

What a privilege to carry 
Everything to God in prayer! 

Oh, what peace we often forfeit, 
Oh, what needless pain we bear, 

All because we do not carry 
Everything to God in prayer! 

Information from A Hymn is Born by Clint Bonner. 1959 Broadman Press. Used by 
permission. 

Jean Martin, Nappanee, Indiana 



BIRTH 
HARRIS - A daughter, Katrina Lois, born August 27 to 
Michael and Wanda Harris of Goshen, Indiana. 



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BLESSrNG IN DISGUISE 

Struggling brother, on life's pathway 
Are you pressed with trials sore? 
Do you feel the burdens heavy? 
Do you feel like giving o'er? 

Yes, your feet are slipping, faltering, 
And you cannot understand 
Why the Lord who said He loved you 
Would such sacrifice demand. 

Count your trials all as blessings 
Though the purpose be not clear. 
After, when the clouds have vanished 
You will hold the Lord more dear. 

He's just heating up the furnace 
For to purify the gold, 
Till it magnify His image 
In the lustre of the gold. 

Author unknown. Selected by Janice Royer. 



HEIRS OF THE PROMISE 

This booklet by Daniel F. Wolf has now been reprinted and 

is available for $3.00 postpaid. It is a fifty-nine page 

commentary on God's promises to Abraham and the relation of 

Israel and the Church to the Kingdom of God. Order from 

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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Compassionate Connie 

"Snap!" "Snap!" "Snap!" Three voices called out at almost 
the same time. 

"Connie got it," Lue said, pushing her pile of animal-picture 
cards toward Connie. 

"Here's my pile," Sharon said, shoving her cards over to 
Connie, too. 

Connie put all those cards with the cards she already had in 
her hand, and the game began again. But soon, though, she 
stopped and put her stack of cards on the table. "I'm going to 
get Paula. I'm sure she's lonely, and even if she does cheat, we 
can still play with her. I'll tell her why we don't want her 
playing with us. Maybe she'll play fair now." 

"Oh, don't bother with her, Connie," Sharon said. "We're 
having such fun without her." 

"Yes, just let her be alone," Lue agreed. 

Connie hesitated, but then bravely said, "I feel sorry for 
Paula. Maybe I can help her to quit cheating." Off she went in 
search of Paula. 

She found Paula behind the garage, crying. "Come play 
with us, Paula," Connie said. 

"No, you girls aren't nice, and I'm going to tell on you," 
Paula spat out. "You all cheat and don't give me a chance!" 

"Paula, listen to me," Connie said, "I'm going to tell you the 
truth, and I want you to listen. It's not the rest of us who 
cheat. It is you. And it isn't one bit fim to play games with 
someone who cheats. But, I feel sorry for you, and I'll talk the 
other girls into letting you play again if you promise to play fair. 
My mother says we should play games for the fun of playing, 
not just for winning. We can all do our best and have fun 
whether we are winning or not. 



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"Now, won't you come in and play with us again? Let's all 
just have a fun time together and forget about winning. Will 
you come?" 

For a little bit Paula's face still looked as sour as a 
gooseberry. But, finally she smiled a little and said, "Okay. I'm 
sorry I cheated, and I'll play for the fim of playing with you 
girls. It's not fun to be out here by myself! Thank you for 
coming to get me, Connie." 

Sharon and Lue still weren't very happy to have Paula back 
in the game—until they saw that she played fairly after all. 

Can YOU be compassionate and feel sorry for someone 
who is unhappy? Can YOU do something to help them be 
happy? Whenever the Bible tells about Jesus having 
compassion on people, it also tells that He did something to 
help the people. 

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Gettysburg, Ohio 



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VOL, 47 OCTOBER, N OVEMBER. 2000 No. 10 & 11 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 



FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS 

Great corruption and iniquity abound on every hand; 
Evil thoughts and base philosophies persist. 
But the child of God is planted here according to His plan; 
You are come into the kingdom for such a time as this. 

Moses had a great temptation to live in luxury, 

As a pharaoh ruling in a palace grand; 

But instead he chose affliction, disgrace, and poverty. 

He was come into the kingdom as God's appointed man. 

h With each rising generation, the challenge is renewed, 
To instruct the minds of children in the truth; 
There are many workers needed, this great challenge to pursue; 
You are come into the kingdom to guide the hearts of youth. 

There is still a ray of hope for those who truly serve the Lord, 

You're directed by a strong and mighty hand. 

Though the struggle may be fraught with danger, peril, and the 

sword, 

You are come into the kingdom to follow His command. 

You are come into the kingdom to do your Father's will; 
The reward is heaven's everlasting bliss. 
There's a work that God designed for you, no other can fulfill; 
You are come into the kingdom for such a time as this. 

By Enos Stutzman, 2000 



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Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
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TRUE THANKSGIVING 

"We have so much to be thankful for." We hear and say it 
often and it is true. But I suspect that our thankfulness would 
be greater if we had less of the material things. To prove this, 
may we consider three areas: the responses of children, the 
expressions of those who were less favored than we are, and 
some statements of Paul the great apostle. 

Children's responses are usually in harmony with their 
human nature, without pretense, but that which they genuinely 
feel The fact that they must be taught to say "thank you" 
demonstrates the selfishness of this nature. The old nature does 
not reach out in love or appreciation. It tells us that we in some 
way deserve to be favored. So why would we need to be 
thankful? Picture the child surrounded by expensive toys. He 
may be delighted with each new one added to the collection, but 
it does not occur to him to be thankful. He only wants more. 
And often something very ordinary, like the wrapping paper, 
attracts him most. Children with remote control cars are no 
happier or more thankfiil that those in past days who played 
with spools and blocks. 

Christians of the past produced beautiful expressions of 
thanksgiving and praise. A famous picture, appreciated by all, 
shows a man giving humble thanks for a very simple meal, a 
loaf of bread. Many of our songs of thanksgiving came from 
the 1 800's, and someone in the tenth or eleventh century wrote 
these words: Jesus, the very thought of Thee 

With sweetness fills my breast, 

But sweeter far Thy face to see 

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The rest of the song shows deep appreciation for the love of the 
Savior and the hopes He gives us. 

The martyr hymns are expressions of praise and deliverance 
if not outright thanksgiving. I'm sure they weren't thankful for 
their pain, separation from family and friends, or the hostility of 
their persecutors, but for the hope, peace and forgiveness in 
Christ. Consider these words by Georg Wagner (martyred at 
the stake in 1527) and translated by John Overholt: 

The Father we will ever praise, 

Who us redemption brought; 

In heaven high our thanks we'll raise, 

Through Christ's death we are bought, 

Whom God hath us in mercy given 

From sin to reconcile; 

That we by faith should live in Him 

As His obedient child. 
We know that thanksgiving is present today; it was not an 
exclusive feature of any age. But those thankful ones of the 
past knew nothing of automatic washing machines, micro-wave 
ovens, copiers, airplane travel, sergers, or chainsaws, not to 
mention computers and E mail. Thankfulness is not dependant 
on earthly comforts but is fruit of a grateful heart, no matter 
what the condition of the body might be. We could speak of 
hope from hospital beds and joy in the deepest sorrow, 
thanksgiving in poverty and praise in presence of danger. 

Paul wrote to the Corinthians a principle, sad but all too 
true. II Corinthians 12:15: "And I will very gladly spend and 
be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the 
less I be loved." Is this our response to the countless comforts 
and conveniences God gives us in His love? It doesn't need to 
be. One way we can show our thankfulness is by using the 
resources God gives us without wasting them. 

Paul gave us a classic expression of thanksgiving, again to 
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unspeakable gift." Paul's thanks for Jesus and His grace came 
from a life of severe suffering and sacrifice. We only cite a 
couple of verses from his list: "Of the Jews five times received 
I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once 
was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I 
have been in the deep." One could complain, but not Paul 

We can be thankful in our time of abundance, but it will 
likely not come because of cars and computers. It will come in 
sincerity because of Jesus' love and sacrifice for us. Around our 
lavish feast of thanksgiving this year, let us remember that if we 
were to lose all material blessings, we are still rich if our names 
are written in heaven, -- L.C. 



BIBLICAL DOCTRINES 
Regeneration 

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, 
to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 

To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, 
shewing all meekness unto all men. 

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, 
deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice 
and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour 
toward man appear ed, K 

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but 
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of 
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 

Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our 
Saviour; 

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs 
according to the hope of eternal life. 

This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou 
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be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and 
profitable unto men. —Titus 3:1-8 

This picture language of what man is and what he is to 
become is only possible through regeneration. The urgency of 
Paul's letter to Titus was to set in order the things that were 
wanting in the church at Crete. This is a chronic need for the 
church in all generations. He was to speak the things which 
became sound doctrine. The basis for sound doctrine was in 
God's grace. Only in God's grace can man become what He 
desires of us. May we adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in 
all things, for only in sound doctrine can we become the 
righteousness of God. 

To be born into the world can only come about through the 
physical laws that govern it. There is no life outside of this. 
Man has no choice in it. When he comes forth, he needs to 
respond to a different atmosphere or not continue to live. 

The process of regeneration has a lot in common with 
physical birth, except that we have the choice in it. God has 
provided a way for man to become His righteousness through 
the process of regeneration and to become a new creation 
through a new birth of water and of the Spirit. Jesus declared 
that except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of 
God. The question was raised, "How can this be?" Jesus said, 
"Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot 
enter the kingdom of God." To ignore the physical aspect of 
regeneration would be an insult to Christ's owa testimony. 
While here on earth, had Jesus not involved the physical, Satan 
would still have his prey because the flesh is his dominion on 
earth. 

There are those that claim man has proven the new creation 
or regeneration outside the process (or doctrines) Jesus 
declared would be required for this to happen. To ignore 
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some other way." Others are fearful of depending on works. 
This is a valid concern and is one of Satan's methods to deceive. 

We believe that as the natural process for physical life to 
come into the world cannot be altered, neither can the process 
of spiritual regeneration be altered. 

When we are born physically and don't respond, it is called 
"stillborn"; there is no life. So it is with the new birth; the 
process cannot be altered unless opportunity is not afforded, 
like the thief on the cross. Satan loves to use instances of this 
kind to undermine the spirit of Christ and doctrines He taught. 

We believe that children brought up by Godly parents are 
sanctified and are holy before God in their innocence, but when 
their minds mature and can relate in faith, then their parental 
obedience is not enough. Now they are accountable to a higher 
authority. The response to this is to be born again of water and 
of the Spirit which ushers them into the family of God 
legitimately. Only in this process can we become the 
righteousness of God. Even though at times the procedure can 
be altered, the spirit of this process of regeneration can never be 
changed. 

Jesus said that those who follow Him, in the regeneration or 
new creation, will sit with Him in the throne of His glory. 
(Mat. 19:28) 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



THE CONDUCT OF CHRISTIANS 

Members of the body of Christ, which is the church, all fit 
together as one, and yet with many different abilities. But upon 
one common foundation we stand; we are created by God. His 
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atoning of sins, was resurrected again, and now intercedes for 
us at the right hand of God. So none of us have reason to 
boast, seeing we did not come by this salvation by our own 
strength, but God gave it to us freely upon our confession of sin 
and willing repentance. Now even in our new commitment unto 
a new life in Christ, we still fall short of perfection, and it is only 
through His forgiveness that we are able to have hope in the 
promise of eternity with Him. 

Let us then be glad in the abilities of each other and support 
one another in our individual strengths. Those who have an 
ability to connect with those that are unsaved should have the 
support of all the members of the body of Christ, that we do not 
appear to be divided. Those who have given their best as 
ministers of God, need our continual support and prayers lest 
they be discouraged. Some have the ability to write and to 
warn of lukewarmness among us or maybe to encourage the 
heavy laden with thoughts of Heaven. Instead of doubting one 
who prophesies of future things, let us respectfully consider 
their thoughts whether they be in keeping with the word of 
God. Do we think that God is any less present today than in the 
days of the prophets of old? Let each do as he is able in 
building up the kingdom and always be in keeping with the will 
of God. But let each do his best in simplicity without pride. A 
body with only feet would wander aimlessly; so a body with 
only a head would only think of good but never do it. Oh the 
beauty of the individual abilities of each member of Christ, all 
centered on lifting up Christ and supporting one another! The 
minister was inspired of God to speak on the way of life; the 
writer wrote the message down; then the one who had the 
ability to witness took it to the unsaved. The unsaved upon 
hearing of the salvation through Jesus, looked upon the body of 
Christ and, seeing a body of believers in unity and focused on 
building up the kingdom of God, believed to the saving of his 
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ones who feel they are the least noticed are the ones who are 
the most important. 

Let us abhor the evil but retain a love for the sinner, for all 
men are of great worth to God. If we cleave to that which is 
good, then are we better able to resist evil. Remain instant in 
prayer that you may know the deliverance of the Lord, for He is 
ever ready to help those who call upon His name. I believe that 
our minds should always be in the frame of prayer, that it would 
just be natural to call on the Lord at any moment of distress. 
When we walk continually with Him, He is able to deliver our 
souls from the snares of the devil. 

Let us avoid anything that can hinder us from coming before 
God in prayer. We must be patient in tribulation, knowing that 
any discomfort is only temporary and that victory is ours 
through the promises of our Lord. Let us live peaceably with 
all men, fervently serving the Lord; not high minded but 
condescending to men of low estate. Be honest with all men, 
always giving more than is expected, that we might be found to 
be men and women of honor, preferring one another and hoping 
for another's gain above our own. Be quick to rejoice in the 
good times and ready to weep with those who are in sorrow 
that the love of God be always seen in us. 

God has commanded that we love one another, and that we 
do it out of willing sacrifice for the benefit of our brethren. Let 
us be without fault in our relation to the laws of the land— not 
wavering in our faith but in obedience to the ordinances set up 
by those in authority unless they be in direct conflict with the 
commands of God. Rulers were not set up to punish good 
works but evil. Pray that the Lord will see fit that it stay this 
way. But if the rulers would punish the right, what have we to 
lose, for this is only a temporary dwelling for the believers of 
Christ. To lose all here is only to gain all above for all eternity. 
Love worketh no ill but is kind and patient to all, even to those 
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time is far spent and the day is at hand; therefore let us walk 
honestly and put on the armor of light and make not provision 
for the flesh to fulfill the lust thereof 

My fellow travelers, earth and its attraction are but a 
fleeting moment. Heaven and its glory last for eternity. Let 
men deride or pity; we would serve the Lord. 

Sincerely, John L. Beery 

Williamsport, Indiana 

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL VIEWS 

Dear Heavenly Father, 

Sorry to bother You again, but I know that You always 
listen, and "if any man lack wisdom, let him ask". . .but why am 
I telling You that? You're the One that made the offer! 
Anyway, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, and well, just a little 
lonely. My twenty-four 7th and 8th graders are looking to me 
as their teacher. Me, a teacher? That's scary. Many times, I 
don't have a clue, but really this whole thing is a gigantic lesson 
in humility. I need more of that. . .but those humiliating 
experiences sure are kind of hard to take. The other day I put 
two #ll's on the same test! Sure confused the students and 
embarrassed me. Lord, help me in the little things to be careful. 
So much of what I do affects others. 

I'm really concerned about several students, Lord. You 
know who they are. I love these children. They are all so 
unique and full of awesome potential. But I see the effects of 
wrong choices and the pull of the world in their lives. Oh God, 
help me to be a true "example of the believers" to them! Show 
me where I'm inconsistent and please give me the grace I need 
to change. Some of these children so desperately need stability 
in their lives. Have You put me here to fill part of that need? 
Make- me more like Jesus, the One who knew when to raise His 



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voice in authority and when to whisper words of 
encouragement. I need to be more sensitive, Lord. 

Thank You so much for my fellow staff members. They are 
so gifted, and dedicated to serving. I'd be lost without them. 
But we're people, and You know what that means. Give us 
peace and unity, Lord, along with a clear, focused vision of our 
purpose here. It's pretty easy to get caught up in the academics 
and overlook the souls in our care. Keep me humble enough to 
always be willing to learn from others. 

Thank You, too, for the circumstances that you've placed 
me in. My wife and children, Lord, are the most precious 
treasure a man could ask for. Help me to express it to them. I 
am getting pretty sick of this wheelchair, but if it weren't for 
that, I probably wouldn't be here, so I accept it as part of your 
plan for me. Sure puts me on the same level as the children. If 
it's Your will though, I'd sure like to walk again. 

Lord, give the parents what they need. It seems to me that 
some need encouragement, and other need a kick in the pants, 
but I have opinions; You have the answers. It's just that they 
have only one chance with their children, and Lord, it seems 
that some are so blind to the tactics of the devil! Open our 
eyes, Lord, to see clearly in this world of deception. Help us all 
to raise our standards and be light for Jesus Christ, and it is in 
His name I pray. Amen. 

Lloyd Wagner, Modesto, California 
Selected from WCBS News 

THANKSGIVING 
For all true words that have been spoken, 
For all brave deeds that have been done, 
For every loaf in kindness broken, 
For every race in valor run, 
For martyr lips which have not failed 
To give God praise and smile to rest, 



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For knightly souls which have not quailed 
At stubborn strife or lonesome quest; 
Lord, unto whom we stand in thrall, 
We give Thee thanks for all, for all. 

For each fair field where golden stubble 
Hath followed wealth of waving grain; 
For every passing wind of trouble 
Which bends Thy grass that lifts again; 
For gold in mine that men must seek, 
For work which bows the sullen knee; 
For strength, swift sent to aid the weak, 
For love by which we climb to Thee; 
Thy freemen, Lord, yet each Thy thrall, » 
We give Thee praise for all, for all. 
Margaret E. Sangster 



HYMN HISTORY 
Amazing Grace 

The man's own words are carved on his tombstone: "John 
Newton, clerk, once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slavers 
in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus 
Christ, Preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach 
the faith he had so long labored to destroy." 

Newton had been to sea ever since his pious mother had 
died when he was only seven. After sailing with his sea-captain 
father, he had joined the British navy. He deserted, was caught, 
put in irons, and whipped in public. Defiant, the youth signed 
on the lowest of all sea-going craft— a slave ship. Young John 
Newton hardly knew how to read. But he knew the sea, and it 
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At twenty-three years of age he made his last voyage. He was 
sick when he staggered down the plank to land. Stricken with 
fever, he was sick physically. And he was sick spiritually and 
morally. But most of all, he was sick of the slave traffic. 

On a long voyage from Brazil, Newton had read a book 
called Imitation of Christ written three centuries earlier by 
Thomas a Kempis. Then came a storm that all but sent the 
captain and his ship to the bottom of the Atlantic. When the 
storm calmed, he began thinking about the Christ of whom the 
monk had written in his thought-provoking book. 
Not an Englishman in the empire would have dreamed that 
Captain John Newton would have quit the sea to preach Christ, 
but that's exactly what his mind was set on doing. After sixteen 
years at a land job by day and self-education by night, John 
Newton was ordained in the Anglican Church and sent to the 
little town of Olney. Throughout his years of ministry, God's 
amazing grace remained central to Newton's thinking. When it 
was suggested he retire (at age eighty-two) due to poor health 
and a failing memory, he responded, "My memory is nearly 
gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner, and 
that Christ is a great Savior!" 

It was during his early years in the ministry that he wrote 
this age-old favorite for the conclusion of one of his sermons: 
Amazing grace! how sweet the sound, 

That saved a wretch like me! 
I once was lost, but now am found, 

Was blind, but now I see. 

Information from the following: A Hymn Is Bom by Clint Bonner, 1959 Broadman Press. Used 
by permission. The One Year Book of Hymns compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown and Mark 
R. Norton (c) 1995. Devotions written by William J. Peterson. Used by permission of Tyndale 
House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. 

Jean Martin 



Nappanee, Indiana 



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ORDINATION AND ADVANCEMENT 
Indiana Congregation 
On October 7, 2000, Brother Neil Martin was ordained to the 
eldership. May he and his wife Lois continue in faithful service. 
Brother Joe Royer and Brother Daniel Beery were advanced to 
the second degree of ministry. May they too be blessed to serve 
faithfully with their wives Elizabeth Royer and Miriam Beery. 



BAPTISMS-Indiana Congregation 
Dorcas Royer, September 24, Goshen, Indiana 
Sarah Harper, October 5, Goshen, Indiana 

We rejoice with the angels, and pray that these young sisters 

will serve the Lord Jesus all their days. 

BIRTHS 
CABLE - A son, Robert Glenn, born September 20 to Andrew 
and Joanna Cable of Wakarusa, Indiana. 

YODER - A daughter, Julita Renee, born October 7 to Timothy 
and Serena Yoder of Goshen, Indiana. 

WAGNER - A daughter, Elizabeth Marie, born October 14 to 
Dan and Donna Wagner of Dallas Center, Iowa. 
DINGMAN - A son, Kalman, born October 21,1994, and 
adopted October 16 sssby Dan and Joyce Dingman of 
Bradford, Ohio. 

MOORE - A daughter, Shanae Raelle, born October 24 to 
Richard and Nicole Moore of Oakdale, California. 
GOLDING - A son, Troy Jason, born October 25 to Jeff and 
Deanna Golding of Wakarusa, Indiana. 



ADDRESS CHANGE 
John Brandt 8062 W. 450 S. 

West Lebanon, Indiana 47991 
(765) 893-4278 



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OBITUARY 

HAROLD EIKENBERRY, son of Elder Ervan and Stella 
(Brower) Eikenberry, was born November 21,1904, in Preble 
County, Ohio, near Camden. He passed away August 3, 2000, 
at the age of 95 years, 8 months, and 13 days. 

On March 6, 1927, he was united in marriage with Mary 
Garber. They farmed all their married life in the Gratis area. 
Harold drove a school bus for Lanier school for twenty-five 
years and helped Mary in the wedding cake business 
approximately twenty-five years. Annual Meeting was held on 
their farm in 1956. Harold also enjoyed a trip to the Holy Land 
in 1956. 

Harold and Mary were baptized on August 1, 1951, in the 
Upper Twin district of the Old German Baptist Church. Mary 
passed away April 28, 1983. 

In July, 1984, he married Genevieve Barber, and she passed 
away in August, 1989. Harold then lived alone until July 20, 
1994, when he moved to Goshen, Indiana, with his 
grandchildren, Merideth and Rhonda Cable. He was very 
lovingly cared for by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
He enjoyed many visits by the Old Brethren and Old German 
Baptist Brethren at Goshen until his passing. Harold was 
anointed the day of his passing. 

Harold and Mary had no children of their own, but on May 
17, 1943, they took Betty Gregg as their own. Her husband, 
children, and grandchildren became their family. 

Harold is survived by his daughter Betty and her husband 
Robert Lee Meador; six grandchildren: Rhonda and husband 
Merideth Cable, Carol Meador, Shirley and husband Greg Root, 
Karen and husband Jeff Pansing, Bonnie and husband Jim Yost, 
Scott Meador and his wife Jewel; sixteen great-grandchildren 
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These little children were very close to him. Many nieces and 
nephews also survive him. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, two companions, 
and a brother Carlton. 

Funeral services were held August 7 at the Upper Twin 
meeting house at West Alexandria, Ohio, by the home brethren. 
Brother Kenneth Martin of the Old Brethren Church conducted 
the service at the funeral home. Burial was at Fairview 
Cemetery, West Alexandria, Ohio. 

The Family 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: Patient Penny 

"Daddy, it's hot back here," whined Andy from the back 
seat of the van. "It is SO hot, and I'm miserable." 

I'm sorry, Son," Daddy answered, "but I can't run the air 
conditioner while we are stopped in this traffic jam." 

"Let's sing, Andy," suggested Penny. 

"Aren't you too hot?" Andy asked her. 

"I'm awful hot," Penny answered, "but let's sing anyway." 
She began to sing. "When He cometh, when He cometh, To 
make up His jewels. . ." When she got to the chorus, "Like the 
stars of the morning, His bright crown adorning, They shall 
shine in their beauty, Bright gems for His crown," Andy sang 
along, too. 

After they sang the whole song, Andy squirmed and whined 
again. "I'm just so HOT, Daddy, I can't stand it." 

Even while he was talking, Penny began another song, "I've 
two little hands to work for Jesus. . ." and Andy sang along. 
After that song, it was "I've got a home in gloryland that out- 
shines the sun. . ." Andy loved to sing the chorus on this one 
and he sang with all his might, "Do Lord, O do Lord, O do 
remember me." 



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Penny wiped the sweat from her face with her dress skirt, 
and asked. "Mama, may I please have a drink?" 

Mama reached for the thermos and poured water for Penny. 

"I'm so thirsty, let me have that one," pleaded Andy. "Here, 
that's for me!" Patiently, Penny gave that drink to Andy and 
waited till he drank it and Mama poured some for her. 

"Thank you, Mama," she said. "Let's sing again, Andy." 

"I'm too hot," grumbled Andy. "I'm just hot, hot, hot!" 

Penny quietly began singing. Andy soon joined in. They 
sang "How Great Thou Art," "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus," 
"Lord, a Little Band and Lowly," and "The B-I-B-L-E." 

Then the van began to move, faster and faster. Daddy 
turned the air conditioner on and that felt so good to the hot 
children in the back seat. The traffic had been stopped for one 
hour, but now the road-work machinery was out of the way. 

"Thank you, Penny, for being so patient in the heat," Daddy 
said, "and for helping Andy to forget about being hot, too. 
We'll soon be at Uncle Joe's. Then you can run and play in the 
fresh air." Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 



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VOL. 47 DECEMBER, 2000 No. 12 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 

THE LIGHT SHINETH IN DARKNESS 

The world was lost before that night; 
All men were deep in sin 
Until the night when brightest light 
Gave all men hope again. 

What happened on that special day 
That gave men joy for gloom? 
The Christ was born with us to stay 
To light the darkest tomb. 

"Glory to God," the angels sang. 
"Peace and goodwill to men." 
The shepherds' praise to heaven rang 
For light had come again. 

Did light shine in your heart, my friend? 
Did you hear songs of joy? 
You can, and it will be the end 
For you in sin's employ. 

Because Christ came to save the lost, 
Because His story's true, 
Because He paid the highest cost 
Grace comes to me. . . and you. 

Then praise and thank our Lord so great 
To form a perfect plan, 
That through Christ's death He could create 
New hearts in fallen man. --L.C. 



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SHEPHERDS OF JUDEA 

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the birth announcement 
came to "all people" through the angel's message to the Judean 
shepherds. Considering the greatness of the news, we might 
think it would have come to the heads of the nations or to the 
religious leaders. But from the record of Luke, it appears that 
these humble shepherds were carefully chosen by God to 
receive this Good News. Though we are far removed in time 
and distance from the Bethlehem hills, it can be profitable for us 
to take notice of their admirable qualities. 

First, they were doing their job. Concern for the sheep 
under their care took them to the field at night to keep watch. 
Jackals, hyenas, wolves, and lions were a recurring threat to 
sheep. Later, Jesus warned us to watch and pray. Night brings 
times of danger and temptation. 

When they heard the message of God, they did not doubt or 
scoff or cower in fear. The angel said, "Fear not," and the 
words were of peace, joy, and good will. The shepherds 
responded well, though they saw and heard brightness and glory 
that few mortals have witnessed. 

They acted on the message. "Let us now go even unto 
Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the 
Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and 
found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger." This 
humble scene must have seemed a vivid contrast to the glorious 
multitude of heavenly beings they had just been shown. 

They believed the message and also published it. They 
"made known abroad the saying which was told them 
concerning this child." They must have felt like Peter and John 
later declared to the Sanhedrin: "For we cannot but speak the 



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things which we have seen and heard." "And the shepherds 
returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they 
had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.*' 

We also have seen and heard much. Let us now go even 
unto Bethlehem. Let us learn about Jesus' humble life of 
service. Let us hear His call, "Come unto me all ye that labour 
and are heavy laden." Let us follow Him to Calvary and 
worship Him there. Let His death for our sins impress us in 
such a way that we, too, will repeat the message, glorifying and 
praising God for all that we have heard and seen. "O come let 
us adore Him." — L.C 



BUILDING THE CHURCH 

Our new church building is well under way. Planning, 
effort, and finances have come together with the blessing of 
God who does all things well. He alone knows the effort that 
some have put into obtaining permits, preparing the ground, 
settling on blueprints, and on and on. We could name some 
who have been most diligent, but God knows and will reward 
accordingly. 

Our thanks go to our eastern brethren who gave time, 
means, and labor to help us in building. After the foundation 
and floor, the "work week" saw an encouraging change on the 
hillside: a building with roof, closed-in walls, framed partitions, 
and a code-specified, professionally engineered, painfully 
installed fire wall that will isolate half of the building in case of 
fire. Building is not simple in California these days. 

We thank those also who remained at home, filling in for the 
ones who came. Some helped with chores, some mothers 
stayed alone with children, and we know that many prayed. 
Thank God that there were no major accidents when thirty men 
worked together while children played and helped by picking up 
blocks and nails, and enjoyed the high hillside that overlooks the 
whole scene. 



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We can make comparisons to the building of God that Jesus 
is framing in the world today: the Church against which the 
gates of hell shall not prevail. That house made of lively (living) 
stones is the one this wooden one is dedicated to promote, 
second to the Lord Jesus Himself. 

In building of any kind, there must be a plan. God had the 
plan from the foundation of the world that His Church would 
rise, founded on the rock Jesus Christ. We think putting up a 
church house in our day is costly. But that eternal building cost 
the blood of God's only Son— precious, pure, in fact, priceless. 

For our project we have a good supervisor— one who has 
had experience and knows the codes. He makes decisions the 
rest must follow if there is to be harmony and efficiency in the 
work. There are also those who know how to use a hammer 
and power tools doing the major work needed. Then there are 
those who are learning but helpful in unskilled jobs. 

In the Church there is One who is over all— planning, 
ordering, sacrificing. He is always on the job; He said He 
would not leave us to our own devices or to the will of the 
adversary, but would be our constant Guide. The rest must 
follow— filling places of responsibility, but always sensitive to 
the will and direction of the Lord. 

The building is not done. Even so that heavenly building 
will not be complete until the last stone is in place and Jesus 
comes again. 

Fire wall notwithstanding, this wooden building could burn, 
and someday it will. See II Peter 3:10. But the Church of Jesus 
Christ will go on into eternity— the monument to the sacrifice, 
the effort, the skill, the unlimited power of God Himself. May 
we be part of that house. — L.C. 



For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's 
husbandry, ye are God's building. -I Corinthians 3:9 



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ADOPTION 

"For as many as are led by, the Spirit of God, they are the 
sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage 
again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, 
whereby we cry, Abba, Father. " This is a title of respect. 

Man, losing in the fall his role of sonship to a Heavenly 
Father, has become the son of another father and has taken on 
his nature. Every living soul born into the world reveals in his 
character who his father is. Jesus declared this when He said, "I 
speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that 
which ye have seen with your father. . . Ye are of your father 
the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a 
murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, 
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he 
speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." (John 
8:38,44) All human behavior is a revelation of who its father is. 

The parable of the wheat and the tares reveals that the good 
seed is the children of God and the tares are the children of the 
wicked one. Because Elymas persisted in perverting the right 
ways of God, Paul reminded him that he was a child of the 
devil. (Acts 13:10) 

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh 
after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together 
become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not 
one." (Rom. 3:10-12) This is a picture of all men, and it 
remains the condition of those that have not in truth responded 
to God's offer to become their Father. "He came unto his own, 
and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to 
them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them 
that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor 
of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." 



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To become a child of God calls us to virtues that declare 
His righteousness. "If ye know that he is righteous, ye know 
that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him." (I John 
2:29) 

To become a child of God makes us accountable to his 
family. "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a 
liar; for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how 
can he love God whom he hath not seen?" (I John 4:20) 

To be a child of God separates us from sin and the world. 
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon 
us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the 
world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now 
are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we 
shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be 
like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath 
this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." I John 
3:1-3) "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth 
through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that 
ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." (I Peter 1:22) 
"In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the 
devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither 
he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye 
heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not 
as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. 
And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, 
and his brother's righteous. (I John 3:10-12) 

When Jesus was teaching His children how to pray, He said, 
"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in 
heaven. . ." This is to remind us that when we come before the 
throne of grace, we bring our brothers with us, and when we 
end, we pray in His name. 

Adoption can only be secure in obedience to the Father. 
This is proven by the nation of Israel ". . .to whom pertaineth 
the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving 



PILGRIM INDEX-2Q00 

ARTICLES 

Adoption -Kenneth Martin Dec 

Amazing Grace -Jean Martin Oct/Nov 

Behold the Man --Sel. by Herman Royer Sep 

Behold Thy Mother --L.C. May 

Biblical Nonresistance -Kenneth Garber Feb 

Blessed Beyond Measure -Bryan Lewis Dec 

Building the Church --L.C. Dec 

Christians in the Workplace -John L, Beery Feb 

Complete in Him -Kevin Garber Mar 

Dear Heavenly Father -Lloyd Wagner Oct/Nov 

Denying Self -Kenneth Martin Jul 

Diverted Attention -Lester E. Showalter May 

Doctrinal Power -Kenneth Martin Mar 

Doctrine Defined -Kenneth Martin Apr 

Eternal Security -Kenneth Martin Jun 

For Such a Time -Jonathan Reinford (Sel) Aug 

God's Answer —Laura Brubaker Jul 

In the Cross of Christ I Glory -Jean Martin Jul 

Jesus Christ Is Lord -L.C. Jul 

Jesus Christ: One We Cannot Ignore -Lloyd Flora Sep 

Jesus Is Coming Again -L.C. Jan 

Jesus: Perfect Example -L.C. Aug 

Justification -Kenneth Martin Sep 

Let the Lower Lights Be Burning -Jean Martin May 

Love -Joseph Wagner Feb 

Marauder at Large -L.C. Sep 

Mow Around the Obstacles -L.C. Jun 

Nonconformity: The Mind of Christ -Kenneth Martin Aug 

Oh for a Thousand Tongues to Sing -Jean Martin Mar 

Old Brethren Annual Meeting -Michael Harris Jun/Jul 

Old Brethren Church Statement on Nonresistance Mar 
Our God: Creator of the Universe, Redeemer of our 

Souls -John Beery Aug 

Patience -Joseph Wagner Jan 

Precious Gospel Hymn -David Cover Feb 

Regeneration -Kenneth Martin Oct/Nov 

Safe in the Arms of Jesus -Jean Martin Aug 

Shepherds of Judea -L.C. Dec 



Simplicity -Joseph Wagner Mar 

Such a Time as This — L.C. Mar 

Thank You -Neil Martin Aug 

The Conduct of Christians —John Beery Oct/Nov 
The Old Fisherman -Sel. by Ruth Flora and Martha Wagner Mar 

The Selective Service Meeting -Kenneth Martin Jan 

The Seven Last Sayings of Christ -Ron Cable Apr 

The Two Kingdoms —Kenneth Martin Apr 

Thoughts on Resurrection and Salvation —L.C. Apr 

Thoughts on the Kingdom of God -Kevin Garber May 

Tools in God's Hands —L.C. Feb 

To Our Young Fathers -L.C. Jun 

True Thanksgiving —L.C. Oct/Nov 

Weighed in the Balance —Joseph Wagner Jun 

What a Friend We Have in Jesus -Jean Martin Sep 

Whatsoever Things Are Lovely —William Johnson Jul 

FOR YOUTH 



Another Old Millennium -Joy Royer 

Helpers -Samuel and Rosanna Royer 

The Church Needs You —Sel by Mervin Hilty 

Submission -Calvin Johnson 

Christian Youth -Regina Bayer 

What Would Maty Think? -Sel by Rosanna Royer 



Jan 

Feb 

Apr 

May 

Aug 

Dec 



BAPTISMS 



Maty Wemken 
Darcy Brown 
Charlesta Hilty 
Mary Laurenzi 
Dorcas Royer 
Sarah Harper 



Apr. 30 
Apr. 30 
Jun. 18 
Jul. 2 
Sep. 24 
Oct. 5 



ORDINATION AND ADVANCEMENT 



Neil Martin Advanced to the eldership Oct. 7 

Joe Royer Advanced to the second degree of ministry Oct. 7 

Daniel Beerv Advanced to the second degree of ministry Oct. 7 



POEMS 

A Father's Prayer Jun 

A Mother's Prayer May 

Are We Ready? --L.C. Jan 

Blessings in Disguise —Sel by Janice Royer Sep 

For Such a Time as This -Enos Stutzman Oct/Nov 

Gaze on the Lord -Lloyd Wagner Mar 

Hark the Voice of Jesus Calling --Daniel March Jul 

His Way Is Best -Sel by Joseph Wagner Aug 

How Much Is a Man Worth? -Rhoda Royer Apr 

If God Forgot -Sel by Janice Royer Jun 

Jesus —Joseph I. Cover Dec 

Jesus --L.C. Apr 

Mother -L.C. May 

Occupied -Sel by Betty Beery Feb 

Perfect Peace Feb 

Plastic Clay Aug 

Pray One for Another -Sel by Glenn and Sharon Wells Jan 

Run the Race -Lloyd Wagner Jul 

Teach Me -Sel by Kevin and Ina Martin Jul 

Thanksgiving Oct/Nov 

That "Friendly" World May 

The Gift of a New Year -Rhoda Royer Jan 

The Hourglass Sep 

The Light Shineth in Darkness -L.C. Dec 

The Last Precious Words of Our Saviour -Ron Cable Apr 

Thus Far Did I Come Apr 

Victory -James Beery Mar 

Witnessing for God -James Beery Jul 

Year's End Resolve —Sel by Michael Harris Jan 



Leona Skiles 
Harold Eikenberry 



DEATHS 
Dec. 7, 1999 
Aug. 3, 2000 



MARRIAGES 



Caleb Royer and Tammy Eberly 
Joel Royer and Leanne Castle 
Brian Root and Emily Brubaker 



Feb. 26 
Apr. 22 
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BIRTHS 

Gretchen Merry Johnson Jul 8, 1999; Adopted Dec 14, 1999 

Janna Jewel Martin Dec. 20. 1999 

Jared Luke Roy er Feb. 10 

Will Stephen Coning Feb. 14 

Pearl Dove Martin Mar. 8 

Adam Jesse Cover Mar. 8 

Amy Renee Cover Mar. 10 

Bronson Trey Yoder Mar. 14 

Heather Elaine Beery May 1 

Wesley Aaron Cable May 6 

Cheyenne Desirae Flora May 12 

Kendra Kristina Bowser May 14 

Moses Jethro Stalter May 28 

Rose Marie Blocher Jul. 20 

Lance Edison Oberholzer Jul. 24 

Katrina Lois Harris Aug. 27 

Robert Glenn Cable Sep. 20 

Julita Renee Yoder Oct. 7 

Elizabeth Marie Wagner Oct. 14 

Kalman Dingman Oct. 21, 1994; Adopted Oct. 16, 2000 

Shanae Raelle Moore Oct. 24 

Troy Jason Golding Oct. 25 

Elaine Sharon Wells Nov. 3 

Erica Danae Hilty Nov. 16 

Thomas John Crowley Dec. 2 

CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Showing Off -Linda Frick Jan 

Caleb's Prayer -Linda Frick Feb 

Bedtime with Joseph -Linda Frick Mar 

Julia and the Truth -Linda Frick Apr 

Two Friends -Linda Frick May 

God Made. . . -Linda Frick Jun 

Have to? or Want to? -Linda Frick Jul 

Little Bad Habits -Martha Wagner Aug 

Compassionate Connie -Linda Frick Sep 

Patient Penny -Linda Frick Oct/Nov 

Honest Otis -Linda Frick Dec 



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of the law, and the service of the God, and the promises." 
(Romans 9:4) When Pharaoh was confronted about letting 
Israel go, he was told by the command of God. "Thus saith the 
Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, 
Let my son go, that he may serve me. . ." We know the history 
and outcome of this son. It was broken off because of 
unfaithfulness. This is a reminder to us that are grafted in: we 
can also be broken off. The requirement is that we keep 
ourselves in the love of God and prove it not in tongue only, 
but in deed and in truth. 

In this secure relationship we now have with our Father in 
heaven, we can, in these earthly bodies that are subject to 
suffering and death, rest in a blessed hope: "For we know that 
the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until 
now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the 
firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within 
ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of 
our body." (Romans 8:22,23) 

With this knowledge, we can truly say, "Abba Father." 
Kenneth Martin, Nappanee, Indiana 



MARRIAGE 
ROOT-BRUBAKER Brian Root and Emily Brubaker were 
married October 28, at MiWuk, California. New address: 

19194 Cherokee Road 

Tuolumne, CA 95379 (209) 928-3356 



BIRTHS 
WELLS - A daughter, Elaine Sharon, born November 3 to 
Glenn and Sharon Wells of Taylorsville, Mississippi. 
HILTY - A daughter, Erica Banae, born November 1 6 to Jeff 
and Allison Hilty of Goshen, Indiana. 

CROWLEY - A son, Thomas John, born December 2 to Kevin 
and Jennifer Crowley of Potrero, California. 



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BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE 

In life, happiness and gratitude can come from a lot of 
places. The following is something to ponder. 

"If you woke up this morning with more health than 
illness... you are more blessed than the million who will not 
survive this week. 

"If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the 
loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs 
of starvation... you are ahead of 500 million people in the 
world. 

"In you can attend a church meeting without fear of 
harassment, arrest, torture, or death... you are more blessed 
than three billion people in the world. 

"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a 
roof overhead and a place to sleep... you are richer that 75% of 
this world. 

"If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare 
change in a dish someplace... your are among the top 8% of the 
world's wealthy. 

"If your parents are still alive and still married... you are 
very rare, even in the United States. 

"If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are 
truly thankful... You are blessed because the majority can, but 
most do not. 

"If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch 
them on the shoulder... you are blessed because you can offer 
healing touch. " 

By Chaplain Bryan Lewis in the 

Sonora Community Hospital Scann'r 



Speak kind words; hear kind echoes. 



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JESUS 

Hear the wondrous story 

Of the King of glory 
And His earthly mission long ago. 

Days of love and caring 

He our sorrows sharing 
To relieve our misery and woe. 

See Him in the manger 

Little lovely Stranger 
Angels sing His coming in the sky. 

Shepherds bending o'er Him 

Kneeling there before Him 
Glory be to God who reigns on high. 

Wise men travel going 

Hastily or slowing 
See the shining star that beckons on. 

Stops at last in favor, 

Pointing to the Savior, 
He that brings to us the glorious dawn. 

Mary for Him caring; 

He so young, and faring 
Out upon this earth of pain and woe. 

Sees disease and sighing; 

Heals the sick and dying; 
Sees the tears for sin and sorrow flow. 

On the cross extended, 
Where our life depended, 
There our Lord and King was crucified. 



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To the thief confessing, 
Jesus' words caressing, 
Father hears Him calling as He died. 

Death could never hold Him 

Or its chains infold Him 
Rising Lord of Lords and King of Kings. 

While the ground is shaking, 

Saints to life awaking, 
Jesus to His loved ones comfort brings. 



Jesus Lord forever 

Now no power can sever 
Love for Christians to their Lord above. 

Praise and adoration 

From the holy nation 
Going to the land of peace and love. 
Joseph I. Cover, 1961 



FOR YOUTH: What Would Mary Think? 

I wonder what Mary would think and say 

If she saw how the world keeps Christmas today. 

There's too much to eat; there's too much to drink; 

No time to remember and no time to think 

What the day really means and what's back of it all; 

No time to think of the Christ Child small. 

Mary must have been weary and very afraid 

When she went with her husband, the tax to be paid. 

As the slow day passed with the small beast's plod, 

Did she wonder why she had been called of God 

To be mother of Him who'd be King of men? 

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The city was crowded with people that day, 
And Joseph searched long for a place to stay. 
Though her need was greater than any other, 
No man gave his bed for the soon-to-be mother. 
No downy pillow cushioned her weary head; 
There was only straw and her shawl for a bed. 
While the angels sang and a star shone bright, 
The Babe was born in a manger that night. 
The first day was holy, not like Christmas today; 
What would Mary think and what would she say? 
There was no room for Christ at the very start, 
And some still refuse Him a place in the heart. 
Author unknown 
Selected by Rosanna Royer 
from Poems to Enjoy for Mother (and Dad) 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: Honest Otis 

Otis was known as an honest boy. It wasn't that he never 
got into trouble— oh, no! Like any other boy, he sometimes 
forgot and bounced balls in the house, And he forgot to close 
the chicken house door one night. Another time, He left a 
library book outside, and it rained that night. Yes, Otis was a 
typical boy who got into mischief often enough. The difference 
with Otis, though, was that if anything was his fault, he quickly 
admitted it and took his punishment. 

At school one day, Teacher noticed someone had scribbled 
on the white basement walls with a felt-tip marker. When she 
asked the first-grade boys who had done it, they all said, "Not 
me!" Teacher knew it had to be one of these boys. She let Otis 
go back upstairs to his desk, but kept the other three boys in the 
basement until she found out who did the scribbling. That was 
a miserable time for those boys. The guilty boy got more 



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scared all the time, because he was lying on top of having done 
the scribbling. The two other boys knew they were telling the 
truth this time, but Teacher did not know if they were telling the 
truth or not. Too many times before, they had not told the 
truth. All three boys began to wonder why Otis was allowed to 
go back upstairs. Of course, they didn't think it was fair. They 
complained to Teacher. What do you think Teacher told them? 

She told them that Otis had always told the truth, and she 
could believe it when he said, "Not me." "But," she said, "all 
three of you boys have told me untruths, so I cannot trust you 
to be telling the truth now!" 

Children, you need to always tell the truth. Then people can 
believe you, and you will be developing a good habit which 
pleases your parents, as well as God. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



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